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Re-Gen Waste secures RDF export deal to Norway

Newry recycling company Re-Gen Waste Ltd, part of Re-Gen Group, has announced that it has signed a supply contract which will see the Northern Ireland company supplying 100 000 tonnes of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to Oslo, Norway. The three-year contract with Fortum Oslo Varme AS is for its waste-fired Klemestrud combined heat and power (CHP) facility in the Norwegian capital.

Owned and operated by Fortum Oslo Varme AS, a 50/50 joint venture between Fortum Oyj and the City of Oslo, the Klemetsrud combined heat and power (CHP) plant is the largest waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in Norway. The 136 MW (99 MW waste, 37 MW bio-oil/electricity) supplies district heat and power to the city using non-recyclable municipal and industrial solid waste. Re-Gen Waste has secured a contract to supply 100 000 tonnes of RDF to the plant (photo courtesy Fortum).

Founded in 2004 as an integrated recycling and waste management company, Re-Gen Waste has developed one of Europe’s most advanced materials recovery facility (MRF) installations with automated, mechanical, and manual sorting. The Newry-based plant operates 24 hours a day to process over 1.5 million tonnes of waste per annum.

We are delighted to work with Fortum. Re-Gen has used its experience and export expertise to send the first-ever bulk shipment of refuse-derived fuel from the UK to this waste-to-energy facility in Norway. Teamed with the carbon efficiency and cost-effectiveness of bulk shipping, this provides maximum value recovery of the energy from waste provided, said Joseph Doherty, Managing Director at Re-Gen Waste

The company’s residual waste processing service not only enables local authorities within Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to achieve regulatory targets by diverting waste from landfills but also meets environmental objectives by providing a renewable energy source as the company processes non-recyclable residual waste for conversion to refuse-derived fuel (RDF).

Fortum is processing the waste to provide electricity and heat for Oslo city and nearby towns. With the city’s target of 95 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in focus, the Klemestrud facility in Oslo has successfully developed a carbon capture and storage process which recaptures the CO2 emissions. This is part of the Longship project developed by the Norwegian government which will see recaptured CO2 being stored in underground reservoirs. This cooperation works for Re-Gen, as both partners are committed to reducing, recycling, and reusing materials effectively as we aim to meet government legislation. It is estimated that greenhouse gases account for 25 percent of current global warming, and we are working with our partners at addressing the issues by maximizing energy recovery whilst minimizing our carbon footprint, said Joseph Doherty.

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