08/01/2019 – News / Sustainability / Recycling / RDF / Refuse-derived Fuel / Shipping / Geminor / Norway

First ‘Refuse-Derived Fuel’ shipment from Italy to Scandinavia


Norwegian recycling company Geminor has become the first to handle shipment of Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) from Italy to Denmark.


On 17th December, a ship carrying Refuse-Derived Fuel from Italy reached port in Sjelland, Denmark. The test shipment, consisting of 2,369 tonnes of sorted household waste RDF from Naples, is the first ever waste fuels export from Italy to the Scandinavian market. The shipment constitutes a milestone for both Geminor and the wider industry.


“Geminor is the first to implement RDF delivery from Italy to Scandinavia, and we are happy to see that the first project has been successful,” commented Chief Operating Officer at Geminor, Ralf Schöpwinkel. “The quality of the logistics process has been high and the public waste company in Naples has delivered good quality bales.”


Italy – an interesting alternative supplier


Until now, countries surrounding the Mediterranean have not been a priority to Geminor. However, in a constantly changing market, the firm said that it was important to consider and test several alternative suppliers outside northern Europe.


“The UK market has delivered secondary fuels to off-takers in the Nordics for some time now, but with Brexit coming there are uncertainties regarding the future flow of RDF,” observed Mr Schöpwinkel. “At present the Italians have a big surplus of household waste, and the nearest off-takers are currently found in the Nordics. That makes Italy a market we will continue to develop in the future.”


1.4m tonnes of feedstock per annum


Since its formation in 2004, Geminor has continued to experience international growth, with logistic hubs and offices today in Scandinavia, Finland, UK and Germany. Generating an annual turnover of around €115 million and now considered a leading player in the European secondary fuels market, the company handles more than 1.4 million tonnes of feedstock every year and holds contracts with more than 80 waste-to-energy facilities.

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