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SITA UK begins commissioning on ‘Climafuel’ facility

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SITA UK will undertake a series of commissioning tests on the new solid recovered fuel manufacturing facility, located at Malpass Farm in Rugby, before starting fuel-scale production of ‘Climafuel’, which will be used to power the adjacent cement kiln operated by Cemex.

The facility collects commercial and industrial waste material from the local area that would otherwise go to landfill. Once received on site, the material is sorted and any metals, plastics and paper present will be extracted for recycling. Similarly, materials with a high chlorine content, which could damage the kiln, will also be extracted and any residual waste material that is removed from the production process will be processed into refuse derived fuel for use in traditional energy-from-waste applications.

The remaining material is sifted, shredded and blended while being continuously analysed using the latest infrared technology. This allows the plant operators to ensure that the fuel, which has a confetti-like consistency, has the precise chemical composition and calorific value required by Cemex.

SITA UK Head of Alternative Fuels, Andy Hill, said: “We have been producing this fuel very successfully at our sister plant at Landor Street in Birmingham for the last couple of years, but this new facility implements the latest technology and will substantially increase our production capacity. Between the two facilities, we’ll be producing around 250 000 tonnes of Climafuel a year.”

SITA UK is also investing in new solid recovered fuel manufacturing facilities at the Port of Tilbury in Essex, which are currently under construction. SITA UK currently supplies solid recovered fuel to Cemex UK and to Cemex Latvia.

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