80 jobs could be created as £20m plastics-to-fuel plant and HQ revealed for Grimsby
VISION: Initial designs for how a typical plastics-to-fuel reprocessing plant could look from Integrated Green Energy Solutions Ltd.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 16 Nov 2017
A MAJOR new industrial investment could see 80 jobs created in Grimsby as a £20 million plastic-to-fuel reprocessing plant is brought forward.
The scheme is proposed for part of the former Courtaulds site, and would produce diesel, petrol and LPG from non-recyclable plastics that would otherwise end up in landfill.
Australian company Integrated Green Energy Solutions Ltd is behind what is to be known as Humber Gate Plastic to Fuel Plant.
If given the go-ahead, the team intends to convert 65,000 tonnes of plastic into 69 million litres of fuel annually, while making Grimsby the European regional headquarters, as well as a manufacturing hub.
Eight sites have been looked at in the UK, and the company has attracted finance from the US to back the build of the first four.
The South Bank has almost 50 years of refining expertise, as home to Phillips 66 Humber Refinery, Total Lindsey Oil Refinery and Greenergy’s biodiesel refinery at Port of Immingham, underlining a strong petro-chemical cluster.
In a statement, IGE Solutions said: “The proposed facility will utilise end-of-life, non-recyclable plastics that would otherwise be landfilled. The 200 tonnes per day of non-recyclable plastic is reprocessed into road-ready diesel and petrol. The demand for this commodity is high. There are more trucks and cars on the roads than at any time in history.
“IGE Solutions will produce a product in Grimsby that we all use and rely upon to support our current lifestyles. The facility will utilise IGE Solutions proven proprietary technology that meets world’s best practice in emission management and produces a 38 per cent reduced carbon footprint when compared to traditionally produced diesel fuels.
“The Grimsby facility will be the company head office for the UK and Europe and include the manufacturing capabilities for the region.”
Environmental consultancy Delta-Simons has just submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment scoping report to North East Lincolnshire Council, ahead of a formal planning application. The project is described as using best available technology, with a low emissions profile which would be regulated by Environment Agency-issued permit, as much of the South Bank industry is.
The site, located behind Lenzing Fibers off Moody Lane, would feature four module processing units and a prefractionation tower, all within a single building, as well as offices, feedstock sorting building and silos, manufacturing building, maintenance workshop, fuel storage tank farm, boiler and cooling units as well as associated roads and services, including a waste water treatment plant and weighbridge. Initial plans supporting the application also show a future development area covering a similar footprint to the build-out.
IGE Solutions, until recently known as Foy Group Ltd, added that the use of plastics is growing at 4 per cent a year, with waste becoming a “real and growing problem,” while more uses are found for products that can take hundreds of years to decompose.
How will 69 million litres of fuel be produced?
- Plastic feedstock comes into the site in one tonne bales on a curtain-sided HGV, and the bales are separated, processed, checked for contaminants and shredded;
- Shredded plastic enters the feedstock silos ready for processing, then via a closed system for processing at a rate of 2,300kg per hour, a process replicated with four lines.
- The plastic feedstock is heated to 400 degrees celsius in the absence of oxygen to separate into the various chemical compounds, and then enters the prefractionation tower and the fuel is created, with 80 per cent diesel, 15 per cent petrol and 5 per cent LPG, to be used on site.
- The fuel is then held in tanks until it can be checked and processed, and if acceptable, will be moved to the product tank farm, and if not, will go back through the process.
- Standard tankers then take the certificated fuel from the site to join the traditional British supply.