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Ecoslops' La Mede plant could produce three times less GHG emissions: study

Study outlines the environmental benefits of Ecoslops' new 30,000-tonne facility, due to open in 2019.



Image credit: Ecoslops


Updated on 14 Jun 2018 13:04 GMT

Ecoslops, a company that upgrades ship-generated hydrocarbon residues into marine fuels and light bitumen, reports that French consulting firm Carbone 4 has carried out an assessment of its production site in La Mede, Provence, planned to open in 2019.

Carbone 4's study indicates that for a production unit the size of La Mede's, with an annual production of 30,000 tonnes per year, Ecoslops' hydrocarbon production process could result in three times less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to produce hydrocarbons compared to the traditional process based on crude oil extraction.

Moreover, the technology is deemed to improve the hydrocarbon material footprint - as the raw oil material stock is not wasted.

The study calculates that Ecoslops' La Mede production site alone will result in an emissions reduction of 13 ktCO2eq per year.

Summary of environmental benefits

According to Carbone 4, the key environmental benefits of the La Mede production unit are:

- Three times less GHG emissions to produce hydrocarbons;

- 22 ktCO2eq of GHG avoided per year using the La Mede production site to treat 30,000 tonnes of residual fuels per year;

- Decrease in illicit dumping into the sea;

- Contribution to the improvement of the material footprint of fossil fuels, by not wasting the raw material stock;

- Complete traceability of the waste treatment process.

Back in February, Ecoslops reported that production at its first industrial unit in Sines, Portugal, amounted to 22,000 tonnes in 2017, representing a rise of 30 percent from 17,000 tonnes in 2016. The production potential of the Sines unit is 30,000 tonnes per year, which the company says it aims to reach - depending on the availability of slops.

Ecoslops also previously confirmed that, by the end of 2017, more than 65 percent of the capacity of the La Mede unit (20,000 tonnes out of a total 30,000 tonnes) had already been contracted for a seven-year period with local slops suppliers.






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