SITA UK to Supply Solid Recovered Fuel to Latvian Cement Plant

U.K.-based waste management firm will supply CEMEX with 180,000 metric tons of commercial-waste-derived fuel.

October 7, 2012
REW Staff

United Kingdom-based waste management and recycling firm SITA UK has signed a three-year contract to supply 180,000 metric tons of solid recovered fuel to the cement producer CEMEX, based in Latvia.

SITA UK, based in the U.K., says that the fuel to be marketed will be produced by processing residual commercial waste in the company’s new facility at Ridham Docks in Kent, U.K. Once processed, the solid recovered fuel material will be used as a fossil-fuel replacement at CEMEX’s cement production facility in Broceni, Latvia.

Andy Hill, SITA UK’s organics and alternative solid fuels manager, says, “We have invested over £6 million (US$9.7 million) developing a new processing facility to produce and bale solid recovered fuel at Ridham (Docks). This brand new, purpose-built facility was commissioned in August, and we are sending our first shipment to Latvia in September.”

“We are producing solid recovered fuel to a detailed specification, which is required for cement kilns. We are using residual commercial waste which has a higher calorific value and lower moisture content than municipal waste. During processing we remove recyclables such as metals along with materials that are unsuitable for cement kilns such as bricks and concrete. The remaining material is then shredded and baled,” Hill adds.

The new facility is expected to process up to 50 metric tons of material per hour. SITA notes that the Ridham Docks location will allow the company to load bales directly onto vessels, reducing its transportation costs.

SITA UK says it has a one-year trans-frontier shipment permit to export the solid recovered fuel to CEMEX in Latvia.

Enrique Garcia, CEO of CEMEX in Latvia, says, “The usage of alternative fuels (AF) is an integral part of our sustainable development strategy, and in CEMEX Latvia we have been progressing very fast during the last couple of years in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Currently, more than half of our calorific consumption in the kiln comes from alternative fuels, and this agreement is a relevant step that will help us achieve our goals. We are looking forward to a very successful cooperation with SITA UK.”