Klean Industries Inc (Klean) has announced that it has been engaged to complete a Detailed Feasibility Study (DFS) to design and build a tyre pyrolysis plant in Greece with Pyrolysis Hellas SA.
Tyre and Rubber Recycling spoke to the financial backers of the Greek project, but they were not in a position, at this stage, to discuss the plant in any detail.
According to a Klean press release, over the past few years the two companies have been working together to explore the possibilities of cooperation for the rollout of several facilities through the European Union. With the initial round of funding now completed, both parties are ready to engage upon the next stages of development, feedstock procurement and site design. A suitable site has been secured and planning permission is underway.
The parties plan to complete the DFS by the end of June 2021 and anticipate the project being financed before the end of 2021, with construction taking place in 2022 and operations starting in 2023. It is envisioned that with Klean’s intellectual property and know-how for the processing of scrap tyres and its ability to apply its proven portfolio of IP on a global basis, starting with an operating tyre recycling facility in Greece will shorten the project development cycle. This project will transform waste tyres into high quality, valuable raw materials primarily a high-grade pyrolysis black and recovered fuel oil or what is known as pyrolysis oil akin to an MDO oil.
This plant will be fully integrated with Klean’s proprietary tyre char upgrading system that enables the economic conversion of low-value tyre char into high-value carbon black replacements which can replace virgin Carbon Black by volumes of 10 per cent up to 100 per cent depending on the specific application, according to Klean. Klean estimates that the carbon emission offsets from the Pyrolysis Hellas facility will be in excess of 100,000 metric tonnes annually.
“It is an exciting time to be working with like-minded partners in Europe who understand the challenges and the benefits of taking a holistic approach to tyre recycling. Both parties bring significant experience to the table with existing operations and financial backing to make such projects a reality in the European Union,” commented Jesse Klinkhamer , Klean Industries CEO.