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O.C.O Technology contract award for FM2

O.C.O Technology

Accelerated carbonation technology (ACT) specialists awarded 10-year contract with Ferrybridge Multifuel 2

O.C.O Technology have been awarded a 10-year contract with Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) for the management of air pollution control residues (APCr) arising from the new power station. 

O.C.O will process the residues using their accelerated carbonation technology, whereby carbon dioxide (CO2) reacts with the residues to create a carbon-negative limestone aggregate product suitable for many applications in construction, but notably as an ingredient for use in the production of building blocks.

The FM2 power station, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2019, will export in excess of 80MW (gross)/73.5MW (net) of electricity to the local power network and the contract will ensure that up to 30,000 tonnes per year of the APCr is recycled, permanently capturing around 3,000 tonnes of CO2.

The resulting 75,000 tonnes of manufactured limestone will also help preserve natural resources, with significant environmental benefits. The O.C.O process is said to be unique in combining genuine carbon capture and utilization whilst advancing the circular economy.

Steve Greig, managing director of O.C.O Technology, said: ‘We are delighted to have secured the contract. Our O.C.O facility in Leeds is gearing up to process the additional inputs, with recruitment of a third shift and the purchase of additional bulk powder tankers to transport the residues.

‘The contract confirms our status as one of the world’s leading proponents of carbon-capture and utilization technology.’

Colin Drew, plant manager for FM1 and FM2, added: ‘This contract means that FM2 will be a ‘zero to landfill’ site, fulfilling our ambitions towards sustainability.

‘As O.C.O will process the APCr locally, the resulting employment will be in West Yorkshire and the transport miles between our two sites will be low, helping to minimize harm to the environment.’

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