O.C.O Technology expands production and creates new jobs in £3m investment
A £3 million investment has enabled carbon
capture specialist O.C.O Technology to expand its production facilities in
Leeds, delivering a 50% increase in the amount of carbon negative aggregates it
can now produce.
The move has also created seven new jobs
at the Knowsthorpe Gate facility at Cross Green.
Adding the third production line means the
facility now has the capacity to treat up to 90,000 tonnes of thermal residues
every year, producing around 225,000 tonnes of carbon
negative aggregate, called Manufactured LimeStone
O.C.O’s Managing Director,
Steve Greig, said: “We’re thrilled to have successfully commissioned our third
aggregate production line at our Leeds operation.
“This is an important milestone in
expanding our capacity and underlines our commitment to both the region and the
wider UK economy. It is about creating new jobs and using our innovative
technology to accelerate the use of more sustainable building materials in the
M-LS is increasingly sought after by block manufacturers and
others in the building sector who see its green credentials as a step forward
towards cutting carbon within the construction sector.
Air Pollution Control residues (APCr) are
already arriving at the site from the new Hooton Bio Power EfW
facility at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire and O.C.O has recently signed deals with Covanta Europe to
take some 30,000 tonnes of Air Pollution Control residues (APCr) from two new
Energy Recovery Facilities (ERFs) being built in Leicestershire and Cheshire.
Further residues will come from Indaver’s operation in Aberdeen.
Steve Greig added: “These new contracts
underline O.C.O’s position as a leading recycler of thermal residues in the UK
and the only business actively investing and substantially growing its capacity
in this sector.”
As part of the project, O.C.O obtained a
variation to the site’s Environmental Permit from the Environment Agency (EA),
authorising the storage of larger volumes of materials, as well as the
additional processing capacity.
The facility remains fully compliant with the EA
regulated ‘best available techniques’ for waste processing, with many
state-of-the-art components and process philosophies adopted to ensure the safe
handling of the residues.
The six-month build programme for the new
facility saw O.C.O partner with Yorkshire-based Don Valley Engineering (DVE),
which has also now won the contract to develop O.C.O’s new production facility
at Wretham in Norfolk. This is expected to be operational by late 2023.
Dan Hobson, Sales Manager at DVE, said:
“Securing the contract for the Leeds expansion was an excellent opportunity for
Don Valley Engineering and the increased design resources required allowed for
the expansion of our team through the appointment of some high calibre
engineers, strengthening our capabilities for the future.
“We are further delighted to have been selected as the supplier of choice for the process modules at the Wretham plant. O.C.O. have been a supportive and progressive company to work with on the Leeds Project providing the opportunity to develop our working relationship. DVE feels privileged to work in an industry with such positive environmental benefits.”
In addition to the Leeds operation, O.C.O also has facilities in
Avonmouth and Suffolk and is now ranked within the top 10 companies in
the world for permanent carbon capture in a commercialised process.
Overall, in the 12-month period to end September 2021, the company
manufactured over 350,000 tonnes of M-LS – enough to build 19,000
houses. This meant diverting more than 143,000 tonnes of thermal residue
waste from landfill and the capture of nearly 13,000 tonnes of CO2.