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Alternative fuels JV announced in Germany

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Nehlsen, one of the “big five” environmental waste management companies in Germany, and MVW Lechtenberg & Partner start to focus on alternative fuel production, to deliver alternative fuels 'at the flame' for cement clinker production plants. Founded in 1923, Nehlsen operates waste management facilities, including waste collection, waste treatment, recycling, composting, power generation and separation plants in more than 60 locations mainly in Germany and Eastern Europe. With a turnover of more than €335 million (2008) and more than 3800 employees, Nehlsen ranks among the biggest privately owned waste management groups in Germany.

Customised waste management solutions with an 'added value' for its customers are one of the reasons to develop a joint venture with the company MVW Lechtenberg & Partner, a leading consulting company for alternative fuel development in the cement industry. The new joint venture- called 'LENE' Lechtenberg & Nehlsen Alternative Fuels GmbH, located at the Head office of Lechtenberg & Partner in Mülheim, Germany, will build four plants this year. Projects are defined and MVW Lechtenberg & Partner started to develop the technical concepts.

Besides projects in Turkey, the companies will start a project in Tunisia, where Nehlsen International is already operating the hazardous waste treatment plant owned by the Government of Tunisia. The main focus of the activities will be in Eastern European countries, North Africa and Middle East.

Alternative fuels made from high calorific valuable fractions of municipal solid wastes, as well as available biomass, industrial wastes and hazardous wastes will be processed by the joint venture. “Cement plants can now focus on their key business: cement production” stated Dirk Lechtenberg, MD of MVW Lechtenberg & Partner. “Why should they go in 'Waste Mining'- if the Alternative fuels are delivered to the flame in a continuously good quality such as coal or other fossil fuels?”

More than 20 years experience in alternative fuel production and alternative fuels usage in cement plants, together with state of the art technology will result in guaranteed important quality parameters such as heating value, moisture and chlorine contents.

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