Shanks in second Castle Cement fuel deal

Shanks in second Castle Cement fuel deal
Published: 08 February 2008

Shanks will supply refuse-derived fuel to Castle Cement’s Ketton works in Rutland.

The announcement came this month as Environment minister Joan Ruddock revealed plans by Defra to actively stimulate markets for SRF across the country- including the development of a standard to distinguish SRF from untreated municipal solid waste.

Under the Shanks contract, up to 50,000t of solid recovered fuel produced at mechanical biological treatment plants at Jenkins Lane and Frog Island in East London and Dumfries in Scotland will be sent to Castle Cement’s Ketton works in Rutland.

Here, the material will be shredded and blended by Castle’s sister company SRM before being used to replace fossil fuels in the main kiln.

The deal follows the use of over 30,000t of Shanks’s SRF at another Castle Cement kiln in Flintshire in Wales and has been hailed as testimony to the success of that partnership.

Richard Butcher, SRM director, said: "We have used over 30,000tonnes of this fuel in the last 18 months with great success. This is an achievement which bears testimony to the robust production processes used by Shanks and the experience of Castle in utilising the material."

Tom Drury, Shanks Group chief executive, added: "We remain focused on the production and supply of SRF and we are confident that it presents a real alternative for a huge number of businesses in looking to achieve a shift away from a dependence on fossil fuels. Customers can be confident in our ability to ensure that we can produce and supply significant volumes of good quality fuel produced in the UK over the long term."