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Green Distillation to set up plants in South Africa

Green Distillation to set up plants in South Africa

Australian tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies, which has the technology to turn old tyres into oil, carbon and steel, has signed an agreement worth up to $50 million to establish up to five tyre recycling plants in South Africa.
Volco Power Pty Ltd will build the plants in five of South Africa’s nine provinces depending on the volume of tyres available. Volco’s predecessor Synchrona, which had the same directors as Volco, specialized in the conversion of municipal solid waste and used tyres into electricity and other forms of energy in over fifteen countries across Africa.
However, due to the problems of obtaining power purchase agreements with the government, Volco has now decided to concentrate on providing energy to private industrial clients.
“South Africa is a good market for tyre recycling as it generates more old tyres than all the other Southern African countries put together with more than 300,000 tonnes a year of which less than 20 per cent is recycled, with 60 million kept at illegal storage sites, where they pose a fire hazard and a breeding ground for mosquitos,” Wilson Machekanyanga, Business Development Manager of Volco.

Trevor Bayley, Chief Operating Officer of Green Distillation Technologies said that they were pleased to have reached this agreement to take their technology to another country. He said that the plants to be built in South Africa will comprise of six tyre processing modules and will process approximately 700,000 old tyres per year into eight
million litres of oil, 7700 tonnes of carbon black and 2000 tonnes of steel.
“We have had enquiries from most of the major countries throughout the world but this is the first Memorandum of Understanding we have signed and clearly our technology can make a significant environmental contribution to South Africa as our process is not only emission free but processes a waste product into high-value oil, carbon and steel. The plant occupies approximately four hectares of the 21-hectare site leaving space for expansion and other projects, synergistic industries and tyre storage within the limits imposed by NSW Environment Protection Authority,” he says.

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