AVISTA Green’s 100,000 tonne per annum re-refinery in Kalundborg, Denmark – reported to be Europe’s most advanced used lubricating oil re-refinery – is now operational.
The construction of the re-refinery has been realised through an international joint venture between Germany’s AVISTA OIL and Slicker Recycling from Stourport in the UK.
The used oil is primarily collected from vehicle repair workshops, industrial companies and waste recovery sites throughout Europe and delivered to the plant either by truck or ship, mooring at the company’s own dedicated jetty.
It is one of only a few re-refineries in Europe and is intended to support the waste hierarchy and the philosophy of a circular economy, with lubricants being returned to the site in a continuous cycle for reprocessing.
Leon Sloth Skovbo, managing director, AVISTA Green said: “Today, we have Europe’s state-of-the art re-refinery that transforms used lubricating oil into high quality base oil, turning a waste product into a reusable material, contributing substantially to sustainability and the circular economy.”
Passing through the plant, the used oil is up-cycled back into high-quality base oil ready for re-use in the production of new finished lubricants.
These lubricants will return to the re-refinery as used oil in a continuous cycle to be re-processed again, both in keeping with the European waste hierarchy and circular economy philosophy.
The innovative technology used in the new facility is more environmentally friendly and efficient than conventional processes.
Such re-refined base oil emits as much as 30 per cent less CO2 than new base oil produced from crude.
Peter Jonsson, technical director said: “We have managed to keep all the specialist expertise and experience within our company by retaining the core of our skilled process operators during the construction of the re-refinery.
“During the last months they have been busy training new colleagues.”
Modern laboratory facilities are available for total quality assurance, from receipt of feedstock right through to the delivery of the final re-refined base oil.
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