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Ecoslops breaks ground on La Mede production unit

Commissioning of slops-to-bunkers micro-refinery slated for H2 2019.



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Updated on 11 Oct 2018 08:21 GMT

Ecoslops, a company that produces recycled marine fuels from marine oil residues, has broken ground on its new production site at Total's La Mede refinery in southern France.

Construction work commenced on Tuesday after the building permit to commence civil engineering work was granted by the municipality of Chateauneuf-les-Martigues, located north-west of Marseille, towards the end of September.

Ecoslops initially signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Total back in September 2016 to develop an oil residue waste-processing unit at La Mede, which was followed by a formal agreement to develop the unit in June 2017.

In the deal, Ecoslops agreed to build and operate the micro-refinery in La Mede, with Total providing services and all necessary utilities. The commercial products (fuels and light bitumen) produced by the unit are to be sold to local or international markets.

Ecoslops has previously said that it expects to receive an operating licence for La Mede before the end of 2018.

The goal is to build the micro-refinery unit over the next year for commissioning in the second half of 2019.

La Mede will be Ecoslops' second unit capable of upgrading marine oil residues into fuels, and will transform Total's plant into France's first biorefinery.

In terms of emissions, a recent study by French consulting firm Carbone 4 indicated 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.

The company's other plant - in Sines, Portugal - also has an annual capacity of 30,000 tonnes and is said to be capable of treating products with both low and high flash points.

The facility, which is expected to produce around 19,000 tonnes this year, processes slops generated by tankers that regularly call at Galp's refinery in Sines.

Ecoslops collects residues from Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Companhia Logistica de Terminals Maritimos SA, and has also recently expanded its sourcing network to include Belgian, Dutch, French and Greek suppliers.






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