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Shanks concludes first of two long term deals

Shanks has concluded the first of two long term deals to supply Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) to Castle Cement’s kilns.

The company’s first production plant is currently being commissioned and in all, Shanks will produce around 200,000 tonnes of its branded ‘Profuel’ annually from 2007.

Shanks managing director Ian Goodfellow said: “We take great comfort in the fact that Castle Cement has a great deal of experience in working with a range of alternative fuels such as SRF and are now specifically designing plants to optimise their use, to reduce to a minimum, the use of fossil-derived fuels.

“We are also very encouraged by the amount of interest being expressed in using SRF, not only by the cement industry but across a range of other industries that face big challenges in managing their energy requirements for the future.”

Shanks remains committed to the production of SRF at its Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plants as part of the process for treating residual household waste.

It also believes that the UK Government could do more to establish more widespread support for this type of fuel and to put it on a par with other renewable forms of energy.

Castle Cement managing director Peter Weller said: “This contract is a win-win situation for both companies, helping Castle to increase the amount of non-fossil fuel used in its processes and establishing a viable outlet for the fuel from Shanks’ MBT facilities, thereby avoiding the possibility of the loss of a potent source of energy by disposing of the fuel to landfill.

“The use of profuel with our installations is now well established and we are excited over the use of this particular material which we anticipate will become a secure and sustainable source in the long term.”

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