The N+P Group has signed a five-year deal with two Portuguese cement companies to supply solid recovered fuel (SRF) produced in the main by UK companies.
The contract will see more than 700,000 tonnes of SRF from “well established” recycling companies delivered to plants belonging to the cement companies Secil and Cimpor.
This follows N+P’s first shipment of SRF from Grimsby to Portugal made earlier this year.
N+P, a Netherlands-based recycling company that specialises in industrial waste, said a “minor part” of the volume would be also sourced from Italy and France.
The exports have been approved under European waste shipment legislation.
N+P said it was now looking at supplying end-of-life tyres, waste pellets and end-of-life cars from UK markets to cement firms.
Chairman Karel Jennissen said: “In the past years we invested millions in developing the UK market, to provide end users of our SRF sustainable supply concept.
“We put a lot of effort in optimising quality levels of SRF in the UK market, as well we invested in the development of sustainable logistic chains. Now N+P has several port sites at strategic locations and the possibility to use a large number of sea containers.”
SRF is higher quality and more desirable than refuse derived fuel (RDF) as it has a higher calorific value and holds less moisture. It is often used in the industrial sector to fire kilns.
Last year an inquiry by the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group concluded that poor quality waste supply restricts UK exports as well as potentially holding back investment in domestic infrastructure.
RDF exports from the UK are increasing, according to engineering consultants AMEC. In 2013, England exported 1.64 million tonnes of RDF, but the figure is expected to be 2.4 million tonnes for by the end of 2014.