KCC plans to convert municipal waste into ‘alternative fuel’ to coal – ARAB TIMES

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KUWAIT CITY, February 14: The Kuwait Cement Company (KCC) has a plan to convert municipal solid waste into an alternative fuel used in the manufacture of clinker kilns (the main material for the cement industry) at its plant in the Shuaiba East industrial zone, reports Al-Qabas daily. Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Rashed, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company, said in a letter to the Head of the Diwan of His Highness the Prime Minister, that the development of the cement industry is linked to the Kuwait Cement Company (a public Kuwaiti company) which is the only company in Kuwait that manufactures clinker and cement entirely locally.

Al-Rashed added that over more than five decades, the company has played a major role in advancing the country’s urban and industrial renaissance and expanding its production capacity to keep pace with growing cement needs. of the country and to achieve one of its most important strategic objectives in the localization of the cement industry, and to serve industrial development and the national economy. In light of the initiative submitted by the company to the President of the Municipal Council Oussama Al-Otaibi on June 19, 2019, expressing its willingness to contribute to solving the problem of the annual increase in municipal solid waste by using it as an alternative fuel in the clinker kilns of its factory, as is the case in many developed countries, to get rid of the environmental destruction caused by this waste and to prevent large areas of land from being used for landfills, Al-Rashed said.

He said that the Kuwait Cement Company is the only company to have modern kilns capable of burning large quantities of municipal solid waste in a scientific manner compatible with all environmental requirements from an artistic point of view and with the latest technologies. modern. He said that the municipality is invited to cooperate with the company in this area as part of its efforts and its future vision in implementing an integrated management to eliminate this waste and benefit from it by recycling it in order to protect the environment and natural resources. , and to reduce the volume of waste that needs to be disposed of in locally available landfills in large and continuously increasing quantities by treating this waste and converting it into RDF product, which is used as an alternative fuel to traditional fossil fuels (coal) in several industries, including the cement industry, and from the point of view of the municipality’s vision in the participation of the private sector in the implementation of waste management projects through a partnership between the public and private sector and thus contribute to the achievement of environmental and economic returns and a public good for the State.

Al-Rashed indicated that a cooperation protocol was signed between the municipality and the Kuwait Cement Company on April 4, 2021 with the aim of disposing of municipal solid waste, by burning it in the kilns of the cement plant, which requires to allocate an area of ​​250,000 square meters to establish an environmentally friendly fuel plant in the landfill site of (Mina Abdullah), and the relevant consulting company which has signed a contract with it, specializing in the field of management waste, has submitted an economic and technical feasibility report for the establishment of the plant, and is currently reaching out to manufacturers for the purchase of equipment for the waste recycling plant, and an impact study environment of the project is currently underway.

Melissa C. Keyes