UKQAA affiliates with the MPA
United Kingdom Quality Ash Association becomes an Affiliate Member of the Mineral Products Association
THE UK Quality Ash Association (UKQAA), the trade federation for the UK producers, marketers and users of fly ash and bottom ash arising from power stations fired by pulverized coal has become an Affiliate Member of the Mineral Products Association (MPA).
The agreement incorporates a range of planned collective activities leveraging the combined resources of the UKQAA and MPA to ensure that the UK maximizes the potential of the extensive fly ash reserves to be found in single-source deposits as a legacy of coal-fired power production.
There are well over 100 million tonnes of fly ash to be found in such deposits in defined boundaries within the UK and these have the potential to play a significant role in the future of the UK construction industry.
Fly ash can be used in the production of blended cements and sustainable and durable concrete, as well for key construction products such as aerated concrete blocks and grouts used for the stabilization of soils with poor-quality ground conditions.
Without fly ash, there would be an additional demand of up to 1.5 million tonnes/year of sand for non-cementitious applications alone.
UKQAA director Nigel Cooke said: ‘Affiliation to the MPA has the full support of all our members who recognize the depth of expertise within the MPA – especially with respect to minerals planning, the development of standards, materials testing and an extensive network of strategic partners in both the public and private sectors, all of which will be critical in the acceptance of single-source deposits of coal-fired power station fly ash as future pozzolanic (cementitious) mineral reserves.’
MPA chief executive Nigel Jackson added: ‘We are delighted to have the UKQAA and its members as Affiliates of the MPA. We look forward to increasingly close collaboration on our common objectives to improve the sustainability of key mineral products and maximize the effective use of recycled and secondary materials.’