First successful bulks shipment of RDF to south coast of Sweden
A demand for quality RDF to the waste-to-energy plant Landskrona Energi has made Geminor turn to Northern-Ireland.
Situated in the south-western corner of Sweden, Landskrona Energi district heating plant has received waste fuels from Geminor since its commissioning in 2012. The boiler at Landskrona Energi is sensitive and needs a high quality 100 mm refined RDF – fuel that Geminor in 2019 primarily imports from Northern-Ireland. The import comes as a result of Geminors partnership with local fuel engineering specialist RiverRidge Recycling.
The first three shipments, commencing in September 2018, have now been successfully shipped to Geminor’s multimodal logistics terminal hub at Landskrona. Per Mernelius, Geminor Country Manager in Sweden, comments on the shipments:
– Our HUB in Landskrona receive secondary fuels from Norway, Germany and England on trailers and Ro Ro ferries via Helsingborg harbour. This is our first bulk shipment to our HUB at Landskrona via Landskrona harbour, which is located next door to our site, says Per Mernelius.
– Previously bulk shipments with RDF into southern Swedish ports have not worked well. Some ports have experienced difficulties with such shipments in the past and stopped taking in bulk ships with RDF. Most ports in southern Sweden are sceptical to receive bulk ships with RDF due to difficulties to unload baled RDF without damaging bales, littering the area and creating odour issues. Our experience is that thorough project management, good planning and hands on work is essential in becoming successful at unloading bulk ships with RDF. By loading 2500 to 3000 tons of RDF in every shipment, this transport is much more cost efficient and environmentally sustainable compared to transport made by trailers, says Mernelius.
The HUB at Landskrona is one of Geminor’s five HUBs in Sweden, including Göteborg, Oxelösund, Huddinge and Helsingborg. Geminor Waste Treatment AB runs the multimodal facilities at Landskrona, which unbales, processes, blends and stores waste fuels from all over Northern Europe.