International waste and recycling firm, Shanks, has invested in its own quay in the Amsterdam port to underpin the servicing of a six year, 54,000 tpa contract with Heidelberg Cement Group to supply a propriety high calorific value fuelderived from commercial wastes, and has now sent its first shipment of ICOPOWER® energy pellets from the quay.
The company said that its waste derived ICOPOWER energy pellets are used to power cement kilns and to produce cement clinker. In addition to driving efficiency on the contract, the opening of the quay is expected to optimise operations and save significant costs.
Shanks explained that it uses specifically collected commercial waste to ensure the high calorific ICOPOWER energy pellets meet strict production specifications.
Unlike solid recovered fuel (SRF) or refuse derived fuel (RDF), ICOPOWER energy pellets are not classified as a waste product in the Netherlands. The company said that this is due to their consistent and specific chemical composition. Shanks claimed to be one of only a few companies in the world to make this type of high quality fuel product.
Shanks added that a new 2300m2 storage shed, which opened in September at its Icova site in Amsterdam, also underpins the project. The storage shed stores the pellets ahead of their shipment to Shanks’ customers in Scandinavia, which maximises production efficiency.
“The opening of our own quay and storage shed at Icova not only drives efficiency and saves cost but also optimises our operations to effectively service this contract,” commented Michael van Hulst, managing director of Shanks’ Netherlands Commercial Waste Division.
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