Wastefront selects Sunderland site for UK tire recycling plant

Norway-based firm signs agreement with Sunderland City Council to build tire pyrolysis recycling plant in the United Kingdom.

Sunderland Site Location

Norway-based Wastefront AS has announced the Port of Sunderland in the United Kingdom has been chosen as the location for the construction of its first tire recycling plant. Construction is set to begin in 2021 on the project, which was announced in early July.

The plant is being designed to convert regionally sourced end-of-life tires (ELTs) into liquid hydrocarbons and carbon black, which can then be used in processes to make alternative fuels or rubber products manufacturing.

Wastefront projects the plant will be up and running in the second half of 2022. The company also says it has received funding from the Norwegian state-owned company and national development bank, Innovation Norway, and it is supported by the Research Council of Norway (Skattefunn). Wastefront also says it will be seeking additional investors in the U.K. and elsewhere.

The plant has been designed to include 12 pyrolytic reactors designed to break down a scrap tire’s materials at elevated temperatures. The full-scale plant will have a daily capacity to process 180 metric tons of scrap tires to produce 60 metric tons of carbon black per day.

Additionally, the plant will be able to produce 90 metric tons of liquid hydrocarbons per day, which can be refined to produce fuel products, such as ethane, propane, butane, diesel and gasoline, says Watefront. The heat generated from the facility’s processes will be repurposed locally within industry or to heat residential homes, adds the firm.

“The construction of our first-ever plant with the Port of Sunderland marks a huge step in Wastefront’s efforts to combat the global issue of ELT waste,” states Christian A. Hvamstad, Wastefront’s chief strategy officer, director and co-founder, who also is an alumnus of the University of Sunderland.

Comments Matthew Hunt, director at Port of Sunderland, “We are delighted that Wastefront has chosen to construct its first ever plant at Port of Sunderland, and we are looking forward to working with Christian and the team to bring their vision to life. Port of Sunderland is currently undergoing a major transformation, with over £8 million ($10.5 million) being pumped into improving its roads and infrastructure, and the decision by Wastefront to invest in the port shows just how much confidence this is breeding among our stakeholders and the wider market.”

Wastefront was founded in 2019 by its CEO Inge Berge, Hvamstad and its Chief Financial Officer Vegard Bringsjord.

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