SNC-Lavalin has signed an exclusive memorandum of understanding (MOU) and been awarded a contract to conduct a Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) study for an innovative commercial waste tyre recycling facility from Green Tyre Technology (UK) Ltd (GTT). The MOU also provides rights for the subsequent project execution phase, and operations and maintenance scopes of work.
“This award again showcases the complementarity of SNC-Lavalin’s and Atkins’s scale and capabilities, where the teams combine commercially proven applications with innovative leading-edge technology to deliver critical infrastructure,” said Christian Brown, President, Oil & Gas, SNC-Lavalin. “Consumers, governments and corporations around the world are increasingly demanding sustainable solutions with a low impact on the environment in the disposal of UCO and the vast number of waste tyres.”
The recycling facility, to be located east of London in the United Kingdom, at full capacity will be capable of processing up to 500 tons of waste tyres per day into highly biogenic road fuel blend stocks, as well as high-quality Recovered Carbon Black, a material that can be used as feedstock for manufacturing new tyres or other rubber goods. The carbon negative plant will be the largest of its kind in the world and will use conventional convergent technologies to process waste tyres and used cooking oils into bio-fuels such as hydrotreated vegetable oil, ultra low sulphur diesel, naphtha and jet fuel.
GTT has attracted top tier capital, best-in-class technology vendors and multi-national commercial partners, who have aligned to deliver a world-class project. This project not only represents a major step forward in the UK’s low carbon and circular economy strategy, but also the responsible recovery of raw materials from waste tyres in general. The plant design applies an innovative approach that could be replicated in other parts of the world for producing valuable bio fuels by recycling waste tyres.