Fuel plant buildings

Permission has been given for new plans which will reduce the size of the buildings needed for our new Climafuel manufacturing facility which is to be built close to the cement plant.

Fuel plant buildings approved

Warwickshire County Council has approved amended plans for the buildings which will make up our Climafuel manufacturing facility close to the Rugby cement plant. While the overall project had been previously approved, our partners in the scheme, SITA, came up with ideas to reduce the size of the buildings, erect them in two phases and improve traffic management.

Our waste-derived Climafuel has been successfully used at Rugby since 2007. The plant currently has permission from the Environment Agency to use the fuel at up to 65% substitution and is currently seeking permission to increase this level to 80%.

Permission for the fuel plant at Malpass Farm, adjoining the Rugby cement plant, was originally granted in 2010 but CEMEX’s partners in the scheme, waste and recycling specialist SITA, looked at ways to amend the scheme that are more in line with current needs.

As the proportion of Climafuel used has increased since 2007, CEMEX has been sourcing the material from a variety of manufacturing facilities around the country.

“Obviously it makes more sense to produce Climafuel from local waste and from a plant as close tom the cement works as possible,” says the company’s UK Community Affairs Manager, Ian Southcott. “Hence the application to build a plant on Malpass Farm. Since that permission was granted, the nature of the waste generated by the community  has changed and therefore the decision was taken to seek to amend the permission to reflect the current situation.

“Because the need to dry the waste has been removed, the buildings required do not need to be as large or as high as previously set out. On the same basis, the cement plant’s Climafuel consumption can be met from the one building. Therefore, if the second building is needed, it will be constructed as phase 2 and will largely be used for general storage of plant and equipment and for workshops.”

By locating the weighbridge further into the site and improving the internal road layout, the flow of vehicles around the site will be much improved.

Initial work on the site began earlier in 2013 in line with the permission already granted. With these latest amendments now approved, work in earnest will get underway during 2014 and it is hoped the new plant will be fully operational in 2015.

At that time, it will be importing and processing 220,000 tonnes of waste a year, and bringing in 80,000 tonnes of processed waste to blend with the new plant’s output. After removing material that can be recycled, this total of 300,000 tonnes will net down to about 186,000 tonnes of Climafuel to provide the energy for cement manufacture at the next door plant.

Contact Information

To make a comment or for further information please contact us at planninggb@cemex.com.

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