Cypriot cement plant commissions heavy-duty shredder

Instead of letting pandemic lethargy set in, Enerco – Energy Recovery Ltd, an associated company of Vassiliko Cement Works, commissioned a Lindner shredder to shred high-calorific refuse derived fuels (RDF).

Vassiliko Cement Works is among the biggest industrial players on the island state of Cyprus. It operates one of the largest and most advanced cement plants in Europe near Mari, between Limassol and Larnaca.

Alternative fuels

The shredder produces fuel with a particle size of approximately 50 mm.

To ensure the amount of energy needed to produce approximately 6,000 metric tons of clinker per day, the company relies on resource-saving alternative fuels from its associated company Enerco.

“We are delighted to report that since we commissioned Lindner’s new Polaris 2800, it’s been possible to increase our waste treatment capacity for the production of alternative fuels suitable for Vassiliko’s calciner,” said George Americanos, general manager at Enerco.

“We succeeded in more than doubling the quantities of local waste streams treated – without delay despite the ongoing difficulties.”

Local waste

The new shredder, and associated Lindner components, produces on-site fuel with a particle size of approximately 50 mm out of end-of-life tires, mixed and bulky waste, and waste wood. The waste is collected locally.

After 950 operating hours, Americanos is pleased.

“We mostly process very tough materials. To do this, we need machines that can handle heavy loads and consistently deliver the required fuel quality long term. It’s for this very reason that we found the Polaris, with its powerful drives and robust construction, so impressive. Now, after the first few months in operation, we see that the performance exceeded our expectations. The average throughput increased by an extra 30 percent to what we had asked for,” he said.

Lindner manufactures machines and system components at production facilities in Spittal/Drau and Feistritz/Drau, Austria. In addition to stationary and mobile shredders for waste processing, the portfolio also includes complete systems for plastics recycling, SRF and waste wood processing. The shredders can be used for municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, waste wood, plastics, packaging material, paper and light scrap.