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Geminor UK secures long-term RDF supply deal for Oldhall ERF

Geminor UK Ltd, a subsidiary of Norway-headed waste-based fuels and materials aggregator and supplier Geminor AS (Geminor), has announced that it has secured a contract for the supply of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to a new large-scale waste-to-energy (WtE) project in western Scotland. The Oldhall EfW plant will on opening in 2024 have an annual recovery capacity of 185 000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste.

An artist’s rendering of the 17 MWe Oldhall ERF that is currently under construction. Geminor UK has secured a 10-year RDF supply agreement to the project which is expected to begin commercial operations in Q2/2024 (image courtesy Geminor).

Recently acquired by Octopus Renewables, part of Octopus Energy Ltd, construction of the Oldhall Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) on the Oldhall Industrial Estate in Irvine, Ayrshire, is now due to start with an estimated construction time of 30 months.

STC Power Srl will fulfill the role of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor, with Standardkessel Baumgarte GmbH providing the grate-based technology solution.

Once operational in Q2 of 2024, the facility will export 17 MW of low-carbon electricity to the grid and be prepared to provide heat and steam to nearby businesses.

The project will play a crucial role in supporting Scotland’s target to ban landfills by 2025, enabling the waste to be used as a fuel source instead, and demonstrating the potential of technologies such as Waste-to-Energy in the UK’s diversified energy mix, said Peter Dias, Investment Director at Octopus Renewables.

10-year supply agreement

The RDF-fired plant will have an annual capacity of 185 000 tonnes, and Geminor has signed on for the delivery of 100 000 tonnes annually over a 10-year period.

Lowmac Alloys, which has a comprehensive, high-quality RDF-processing facility adjacent to the Oldhall plant in Irvine, will provide up to 50 000 tonnes of the fuel requirement.

This is a major project and an important new contribution to EfW production in Scotland. We are very much looking forward to working with Geminor on this project and providing the quality fuels needed for the efficient operations of the plant, said Robert Hall, Director at Lowmac Alloys.

A strategic goal

Once operational, the project brings the total contracted UK EfW capacity available to Geminor to 350 000 tonnes per annum.

This contract helps towards the UK’s strategic goal of securing greater volumes of UK public sector waste. Geminor UK is very pleased that the development process for the Oldhall ERF project is now complete, and we look forward to preparing for and implementing the fuel supply plans following the construction phase of the project. The Oldhall Project is a welcome addition to Geminor’s growing domestic offtake capacity, which will be employed to serve our long-established customer base in Scotland, said James Maiden, Country Manager Geminor UK.

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