Green light for amber carbon treatment site

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 2 Nov 2018

A SIGNIFICANT industrial investment has seen a highly specialist recycling treatment centre in Immingham become the UK’s largest.

CPL Activated Carbons has trebled its capacity to become a leading European player.

From its location on Port of Immingham, it reactivates the key element in industrial purification processes. Operational for the past five years, it works with those responsible for gas and liquid phase filtration applications, such as air treatment, water purification and numerous other environmental protection measures, ensuring levels of performance are maintained.

When carbons are ‘spent’ and no longer achieving the required level of filtration, they are replaced. Spent carbons can be regenerated by a process called thermal reactivation, which involves passing it through a high temperature rotary kiln.

It is this kiln that has been replaced.

The significant new kit, as seen from outside the facility.

Divisional director Steve Bell said: “After proving our capability in this sector since we started reactivating carbons back in 2013, it is great to complete this next phase in our growth strategy with the installation of this very impressive new kiln. 

“It has three times the capacity of the previous unit and can regenerate spent granular and pellet carbons with a high loading of contaminants. Its sophisticated scrubbing system ensures it is an environmentally friendly process.”

Used for what are described as ‘amber list’ materials, it comes hot on the heels of investment in a separate system for ‘green list’ carbons, with contracts won with water utilities earlier this year.

Mr Bell said: “2018 has been an exciting year for CPL, with the start-up of our ‘green list’ reactivation kiln earlier in the summer, and the ongoing growth of our mobile carbon filter fleet and engineering capability. 

“The expansion of our amber list carbon regeneration capacity puts us in a very strong position to take the business forward and benefit from the increasing demand for our environmental purification solutions.”

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Headquartered in Wigan, Immingham is the production location.

Mr Bell added that the benefits of reactivating spent carbon, rather than disposing of it and replacing it with virgin material, are considerable, in terms of both cost and environmental impact. 

“CPL Activated Carbons believes strongly in the recycling of spent carbons wherever possible,” he added.

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