William Tracey Group announces tri-party RDF export deal

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The William Tracey Group has announced a 30,000 tonne per annum tri-party refuse derived fuel (RDF) off-take contract with fuel exporter Totus Environmental and the Swedish electricity and heat provider, Mälarenergi.

According to the William Tracey Group, “the long-term deal developed by Totus will see them fully manage the high grade RDF produced at the William Tracey Group’s Linwood site”. This will include the provision of all the documentation, baling, wrapping and logistics required to move the material to Mälarenergi’s energy from waste facility in Västerås, Sweden, where it will be used to generate electricity and local heating.

Robin Stevenson, MD, non-hazardous division, William Tracey Group, said: “This agreement with Totus and Mälarenergi provides a secure, cost effective and sustainable means of generating renewable energy from the RDF we produce from residual waste once it has been recycled. The deal will complement our other UK and export contracts ensuring that we have balanced and consistent off take.”

Totus’ alternative fuels commercial director, Louis Calders, added: “The deal represents great value for both William Tracey and Mälarenergi who will benefit from secure off-take and supply for the next three years. Our fully managed service and logistical capability will enable the William Tracey Group to focus on its core business of increasing recycling rates and maximising the availability of valuable secondary resources.”

Jens Nerens, fuels manager, Mälarenergi stated: “This contract will play an important role in enabling us to grow the proportion of renewable electricity and heat we provide to over 160,000 customers in the Västerås region.”

“Recovering energy from material which would have otherwise ended up in landfill makes both commercial and environmental sense and helps us to control our customers future electricity prices.”

The announcement of the contract comes the week after the launch of a report prepared by Eunomia on behalf of the RDF Export Group.

The report reviewed the legal, economic and environmental rationales for RDF export and found that “the legal framework does not provide for any sensible means of government intervention to set a restrictive standard for exported RDF. Furthermore, the environmental and economic impacts of RDF export are not wholly dissimilar from the domestic treatment of residual waste”.


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