Greenergy to build tyre recycling plant in UK

Greenergy to build tyre recycling plant in UKUK energy firm Greenergy has submitted a planning application for two renewable fuel plants located at the same complex in Teesside, UK. The first plant will be for advanced biofuels production from its end-of-life tyres project, Green Tyre Technology (GTT), and the other plant will be for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), UK’s first plant creating SAF from waste oils.

First announced in 2021, the tyre recycling project will utilise pyrolysis and hydrotreating technologies to convert waste tyres into renewable drop-in advanced biofuels that can be used in diesel and petrol and qualify as development fuels under the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. Processing up to 300 tonnes of shredded tyres each day in the first phase, the manufacturing process also creates recovered carbon black, a product that can be used in the circular economy to produce new tyres and other industrial rubber products.

The SAF plant will leverage Greenergy’s extensive experience in sustainably sourcing waste oils and feedstock and producing advanced biofuels. Using existing technologies, waste oils will be manufactured into sustainable aviation fuel, reducing aviation emissions by up to 80%. The second project planned for the site will convert end-of-life tyres into recovered carbon black and low carbon road and marine transport fuels.

Christian Flach, CEO of Greenergy, explained “The SAF and end-of-life tyres projects are part of Greenergy’s strategy to support the UK’s energy transition through the production and distribution of waste-derived renewable products. The location on Teesside will help us expand our presence in the area and create more local jobs.”

Councillor Nigel Cooke, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing said: “These exciting plans are fantastic news for the Borough and if it’s approved, the hundreds of jobs and opportunities this project is set to create will bring a massive boost to the local economy.

“Stockton-on-Tees is the economic powerhouse of the Tees Valley and when you consider the easy transport access from rail or road, or international links via air or sea, it’s easy to see why businesses continue to be attracted to our area. This is another vote of confidence in our Borough, which is a great place to live and work.”

Both projects will be located adjacent to the company’s existing Teesside biofuel manufacturing facility.

Subject to the successful planning approval process, construction of the plant will begin in 2025 and commercial production will commence in 2027.