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Australian tyre recycler to expand capacity

Australian tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies, which has developed technology that will turn end-of-life tyres into high-value oil, carbon and steel, will expand the capacity of their plant at Warren in Western New South Wales with the installation of an additional processing module.


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Green Distillation Technologies’ Warren plant in Western New South Wales

Effectively, this will double the existing production output capacity. It is proposed to install the balance of additional modules next year to reach the annual processing capacity of 19,300 tonnes of tyres that a fully developed facility with six operating modules would handle.

Work on the extension is already underway and is expected to be completed by April 2021.

The extension will be undertaken by outside contractors, as well as GDT staff. A minimum of eight additional contractors will be employed.

As further investment funds become available the plant will be extended further up to the six modules to handle the full design capacity of 19,300 tonnes. Consistent with the design specification a typical 10 kg car tyre will yield 3.6 litres of oil, 4.7kg of carbon, 2kg of steel, a 70kg truck tyre will provide 25 litres of oil, 33 kg of carbon, 14 kg of steel and a 4-tonne oversize mining dump truck tyre will yield 1.9 tonnes of carbon, 0.8 tonne of steel and 1,420 litres of oil.

To put that volume in perspective, a fully operating plant would generate 6,860,000 litres of high-quality oil, 9,032 tonnes of carbon and 3,760 tonnes of recovered steel.

The Chief Operating Officer of Green Distillation Technologies Trevor Bayley, said that the plant extension was an important milestone for the company and represents the culmination of a great deal of work by their entire team.

GDT COO Trevor Bayley said:

“Clearly, investment funds are vitally important and you have to spend money to make money and our aim is to get the Warren plant to full capacity so we can not only provide positive proof of our technology but the economics of our process through the sale of the oil, carbon and steel we produce.

Warren is the site of our original Research and Development work that started in 2009 and since then we have proven the concept, although we have moved to a new 21-hectare location which allows plenty of space for future expansion.

The extent of the looming future world end-of-life disposal problem is not generally realised with a projected 2.7 billion expected to be generated in 2025.”

Today, Green Distillation Technologies is at an exciting stage in its evolution as they work hard to bring their first two Australian processing facilities in Warren in Western New South Wales and Toowoomba in Southern Queensland into full production and they have plans for five other Australian plants in Gladstone, Wagga, Geelong, Elizabeth and Collie Western Australia.

In light of the burgeoning environmental disposal problem of end-of-life tyres, the GDT approach provides an economic recycling solution by turning tyres into valuable and highly saleable materials.


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