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World news round-up 18 December 2014

EU steel mills market share declines; China drops ferronickel tariff; Refurbishment of EfW plant; Resource and energy recovery facility in Australia; Construction waste project in Canada;

EU steel mills market share declines

Eurofer, the European Steel Association, says that the European Union steel mills are losing market share on account of an increase in cheap imports from countries such as China where steelmakers’ margins are boosted by domestic policies. EU steel demand has grown by around 4% this year but a 22% surge in finished steel imports means domestic deliveries from EU mills have increased by only about 1.5%.

The Economic Times

Zero tariffs on ferronickel imports

China will implement zero tariffs on ferronickel imports in 2015, having had a 1% duty in 2014. China’s inbound shipments of ferronickel were 231,000 tonnes during the first ten months of this year, up 66.61% from 138,700 tonnes during the same period of 2013.

Scrap Register

Refurbishment of EfW plant

Energieversorgung Offenbach will invest €25m (£19m) to renew its energy from waste facility at Offenbach in the Germany’s Hesse region. This will raise electrical output of the facility to 90,000MWh a year. The project has received the required approvals and will begin in April 2015. It is due to be completed in October 2016.

Endwasteand Bioenergy

Fuel oil recycling facility in Turkey

Turkish oil refinery Turkish Petroleum has opened a $3bn (£2bn) fuel oil recycling facility in Izmit refinery. The project is expected to cut the country’s budget deficit by $1bn. The recycling facility can convert 4.2 million tonnes of low value added products to approximately 3.5 million tonnes of white products and 700,000 tonnes of petroleum coke.

Resource and energy recovery facility in Australia

Omega Energy, based in the Hunter region in Australia is planning to develop and operate an AUD160m (£83m) regional resource and energy recovery facility at Kurri. Subject to planning approvals, construction of the first stage of the facility is expected to commence early 2017 and be operational in 2018.

The Advertiser

Japan teams up with China to study rise in urban waste

Japan has partnered with China to research on how China can deal with a sharp rise in urban waste by encouraging separation and recycling. In major cities in China, the average daily amount of waste per person exceeds one kilogramme. Another problem the country faces is the increase in scrap tyres resulting from rapid motorisation. The study began in 2010 as a joint project between the Japan International Cooperation Agency and China’s National Development and Reform Commission.


Construction waste project in Canada

LafargeHolcim’s Bath plant has initiated a CAD9m (£4m) pilot project to use construction debris as fuel to fire cement kilns. The programme is funded in part by a CAD2.68m national research council grant with Lafargeholcim putting up the balance. The project is designed to initially ascertain which types of waste can be combined and burned, how to control their caloric quality and how to deal with contaminants that may result. The project is being led by Warren Mabee, director of Queen’s University Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy.

Journal of Commerce

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