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Saxlund WDF system operational at Hope plant

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The Hope cement plant in the UK’s Peak District has fired up a new waste-derived fuel solution with the help of Saxlund International.

Saxlund designed a system for storage, transportation, weighing and injection of SWF to the two kilns at the Hope plant. The goal is to increase the utilisation of waste-derived alternative fuels to more than 50%.

The system incorporates a 350 m3 fuel reception and Push-Floor storage solution, together with reclaim conveyors, a process tower with drum magnet and star screen, and a weighing and pneumatic injection system to the main burners. The system is designed to help minimise buildup in the preheater tower and to be flexible to future fuel changes, should suppliers change.

Matt Drew, Managing Director Saxlund International said: “This is a flagship project for us. Once fully operational, the new solid waste fuel (SWF) system will run on a 24/7 basis delivering fuel at a rate of up to 5000 kg per hour to each kiln. It means Hope Works will soon be operating with a significantly larger proportion of waste-derived fuels, in the process diverting up to 80 000 tonnes of bulk solid waste from landfill each year and representing significant carbon savings to the business.”

Richard Worthington, Hope Construction Materials’ Projects Engineer, commented: “Saxlund’s project management experience in delivering on time and in budget and the company’s wide European experience with waste-derived fuel systems and bulk materials handling has been crucial. The completion of this multi-million pound project increases the amount of waste-derived fuels we use and forms part of the major investment we announced in January this year to boost efficiency and improve sustainability at Hope Works.”

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