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Shanks expands alternative fuels market

Waste management firm Shanks wants to broaden its development in markets for solid recovered fuel this year.

SRF is produced after recyclable material is extracted from black bag waste and the residue is stabilised and dried at mechanical biological treatment plants.

Shanks has supplied five of the UKs cement kilns with SRF as a viable alternative to fossil derived fuels, and achieved the milestone of supplying 100,000 tonnes of SRF to the cement industry before Christmas.

Managing director Ian Goodfellow said: While the cement industry is an obvious customer currently, we have a number of projects in development to supply SRF across a range of energy intensive businesses. Now more than ever, stability in terms of energy price and supply for the future should be uppermost in the minds of many industry leaders. However, the opportunities to exploit this potential are time limited with the timescales for the remaining tranches of private finance initiative contracts now well documented.

Shanks has MBT facilities at Pontypool, South Wales (See MRW story) and Frog Island, East London, produce SRFs.

While European countries worry about energy security in the light of Russia cutting its gas supplies off to the Ukraine, Goodfellow said: Solid recovered fuel is a viable alternative fuel derived from domestic waste that will significantly contribute to the UKs commitment to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel.

Goodfellow added that he would like to see more work done from Government to ensure that as far as possible, energy generated from the biomass content of SRF receives appropriate reward.  Shanks eagerly await details on the anticipated Renewable Heat Incentive and measures designed to help smaller scale electricity generation projects.

The firm has also launched a new vehicle livery in conjunction with one of its key hauliers, Williams Transport of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

Image: Shanks

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