Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Shipping Groups Use Multimodal Tactics to Collaborate In Refuse Derived Fuel Project

Road, Rail and Sea Freight Supply Chain Provides Raw Material to Power Plants
Shipping News Feature
SWEDEN – UK – A collaboration between DFDS, Geminor, and Green Cargo has seen the successful testing of a new refuse-derived fuel (RDF) supply chain with a combination of road, ship and rail transport for delivery of RDF bales from Geminor's UK processing plant to a power plant in Västerås, Sweden. RDF is waste that has been processed and packed in bales so it can be used as fuel in power plants. David Wallgren, Manager of Operations for Shipping Logistics & Special Cargo, DFDS in Gothenburg, commented:

“It is a combination of road, ship and rail transport. 128 RDF bales, each weighing a tonne, were transported by truck to Immingham, where they were loaded into our ship on mega cassettes. When the ship arrived in Gothenburg, the RDF was reloaded onto rail wagons at the MIMAB terminal next to DFDS’ Gothenburg Ro-Ro terminal and transported by rail to the power plant in Västerås. There, it was combusted and turned into electricity and heating for Swedish homes.”

The many Swedish power plants that can turn waste into electricity and heating have contributed to the country’s record reduction in CO2 emissions. And now the collaborators say the environmental benefits have just been increased by DFDS and its partners from Geminor and Green Cargo. On May 3, the trio tested what they term ‘a new environmentally friendly transport’ of the RDF bales from Geminor’s waste processing and packaging plant in the UK to Mälerenergi’s power plant in Västerås near Stockholm.

The partnership sees Geminor processes and deliver the waste as RDF packed in bales, Green Cargo then delivers stock by rail and DFDS looks after the sea freight and handling in port. Norwegian headquartered Geminor says that it is now looking for other power plants and RDF customers with a suitable rail connection, with Morgan Olausson, VP of BU North Sea North, adding:

“We are the first in the Industry to do this, and as the test came out as a big success, I think that many power companies will see the benefits of using a supply chain as efficient and environmentally friendly as this.”