Keltbray starts construction of new Geminor processing facility in Hull

Source: press release, 13 January 2022

Production of residual waste fuels
Production of residual waste fuels (photo: Geminor)

A newly signed agreement between Geminor and UK construction company Keltbray initiates the development of a new processing facility in Hull, England. The new Geminor HUB will be in operation from the end of 2022, producing low carbon RDF and waste plastic fractions for the chemical recycling industry.

The construction of a fully enclosed, 150,000 tonnes per annum facility in St. Mark Street in Hull will commence this January. The construction and engineering company Keltbray will be in charge of the development of the facility, together with project manager Hewitt Associates. The facility will include a 3,400 square metre steel-framed hall for the sorting and treatment of municipal and commercial wastes. The construction process will take approximately 46 weeks and the project has a total budget of EUR 8,1 million.

When in operation, the HUB will be equipped with the latest industry requirements, namely odour abatement, fire suppression, and weighbridge systems.

Export to the Nordics and EU
The facility is mainly being constructed to cater to Geminor’s long-term contract with Hull City Council, which lasts until 2030 with an annual waste volume of 68,000 tonnes. The facility will allow for direct delivery of Hull’s domestic waste collections, for processing into RDF for supply to local energy from waste facilities. The materials recycling facility will be in close proximity to the ports of both Hull and Immingham, streamlining the export of secondary fuels from the UK to the EU and the Nordics.

GWT opens in the UK
The facility will be run by Geminor international subsidiary Geminor Waste Treatment (GWT), which is now being established in the UK.

Country Manager at Geminor UK, James Maiden, comments on the contract signing and the construction process: “We are delighted to start the construction of our new and modern processing facility in Hull and to create a low carbon fuel from Hull City Council’s waste. Next year we will implement technology that efficiently strips plastic from the waste, expertise we bring from our recycling facilities in Sweden and Denmark. Our intention is to produce low carbon RDF both for the domestic and international market and deliver plastic fractions to our partner Quantafuel’s planned chemical recycling facility in Sunderland, says Maiden.”

“This will be GWT’s very first operation in the UK, a project that confirms Geminor’s commitment to the renewable market. The facility will be strategically important with respect to our partner Hull City Council, but also in our efforts to streamline secondary waste export overseas,” says UK Country Manager James Maiden.

Richard Smith, Pre-Construction Director at Keltbray, says, “This has been a target project for us and we are delighted to be part of the delivery team. Upon completion, this site will contribute to increased energy creation for the local community, whilst further strengthening our position in the region.”