Great news involving two of our members this morning, Newry-based Re-Gen WTE (Waste to Energy) Ltd has agreed a new long-term licence with Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (WPHA).
The company, which specialises in covering energy from rubbish that normally ends up in landfill, will use the port to export its refuse derive fuel products.
Based in the Carnbane Industrial Estate, Re-Gen currently processes around 200,000 tonnes of waste at its facility every year.
A sister company of Re-Gen Waste Ltd, which employs 240 people, the WTE division is among a series of Re-Gen subsidiaries that spans the engineering and transport sectors.
The company operates its purpose-built installation 24 hours a day and has processed nearly two million tonnes of household waste to date.
The group says Warrenpoint Port has become a key transit point for processed, non-recyclable ‘black bin’ waste, destined for Europe.
Re-Gen’s process involves recovering recyclable material from the waste, before preparing it in the form of ‘Solid Recovered Fuel’ (SRF). It is then shipped to WTE plants in Europe, where it is incinerated instead of coal and oil, to generate electricity for home heating.
Commenting on the Licence Renewal, Joseph Doherty, Managing Director of Re-Gen Waste Ltd said:
“The Port has been a valuable partner and an essential part of our supply chain solution. By providing a professional facility, Re-Gen can service our customer base amongst councils in Northern Ireland and overseas power plants, such as in Vasteras, Sweden.”
“This is a win-win scenario for Re-Gen WTE Ltd, WPHA and local government as it advances the green agenda by being an important substitute for fossil fuels, as well as enabling councils in Northern Ireland to divert non-recyclable waste away from landfills.”
David Holmes, Chief Executive Officer at WPHA added:
“Warrenpoint Harbour Authority is delighted to be part of this refreshingly green initiative, which so sustainably and responsibly tackles waste issues. Re-Gen is a market leader in this area of green expertise and the Port is committed to continuing to play its part in enabling their success story.”