Pelletised SRF fuel in Europe: Neville Roberts, N P Recycling (UK)
Filmed at Cemtech Europe 2015, 20-23 September, Intercontinental Hotel, Vienna, Austria.
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So I'm here today to represent N+P. I have my own company, but I'm representing N+P today, and the topic we're talking about is alternative fuels but a new development that we've managed to create, only these last few months within N+P, where we are using pelletized SRF to displace chip tires.
But first of all, about N+P, N+P is an alternative fuel supplying company that majors in cement, lime and coal fire power generation. I'm actually getting involved with coal fire power generators now, it's quite interesting. The similarities are interesting between cement and coal fire power generation.
The company has a very strong strong presence in Europe but now wants to expand further into the Mediterranean area and into North Africa and the Middle East and any other regions. I was to talking to somebody earlier about Russia that would definitely an interesting place for N+P to expand into. Is it a new company? Have they only just started doing this? No, the company has been in operation for over 20 years, and in my previous role with Cemex, we used to use N+P extensively to supply the kilns in Europe, and they have invented a new material called Subcoal.
So its SRF which is formed into pallets and I'm going to tell you to a bit more about that later. The great thing for me is that already the issue of Subcoal is gaining momentum and cement plants are burning this fuel now and so are coal fire power stations and I'll come on to that point shortly.
Just so we clear the terminology and make sure we all know what we're talking about, I heard it mentioned before earlier of refuse derived fuel, we take that as being fuel of a lower energy content and N+P do supply that kind of fuel to waste energy plants, but we focus on SRF which is above 15 gigajoules per ton, this is the fuel that's focused on the cement industry, and we can sell a fuel ranging from about 16 gigajoules up to about to about 23, 24 gigajoules.
So it's quite high energy material if it's needed, and the new material the third material that we sell is Subcoal as I mentioned to you, and I'll go into that in some detail shortly, and let's remember where this comes from, it is a waste derived fuel, but we focus on commercial and industrial sources not municipal sources, it allows us to create a much higher energy content, a drier fuel, a much better fuel for cement plants.
But you can make such fuels from municipal wastes but it's a lot more difficult, and the quality is not as good. What's the N+P group's alternative fuels strategy? I think I've mentioned it to you were already. We are currently supplying about one and a half to 2 million tones a year of fuel, into the three major industries.
And the consumers are primarily in Germany, UK, Latvia, Belgium, France, Portugal and Holland. We're just starting up into Cyprus as we speak, and we will shortly be starting commercial supplies into Poland and Spain. The main production facilities for N+P are based in the UK, and now we're developing, we also have a big production facility in Holland, but we're also looking at developing in France and in Italy.
Ans as I said, the next focus is to look at this Mediterranean area, and as I said, we've started supplying it to Cyprus as we speak now. The other thing that N+P want to do as part of their strategy is not just focus on the UK, Holland, France and Italy for the production base.
We currently export to these countries, but what we're looking to do is to develop production facilities in those countries. We can only do it though, when the finances are right, but we've already found some parts of the world, where the finances are right and the economics are right, so this allows us to build facilities in new countries and the plan will be to produce the fuel from local waste and deliver it to local cement plants and power stations.
And the main focus is lime, cement and coal fired power stations. This repeats the points I've just made. These are the areas that we're focusing on to deliver to and this is where we're producing from at the moment. And who form N+P and who do N+P supply to? These are just some of the names.