In May 2020, Ragn-Sells began construction of the first Ash2Salt process plant at the Group’s recycling site at Högbytorp just outside Stockholm – an investment of USD 55 million. Initially, the plant will be able to receive and process up to 135,000 tonnes of fly ash annually – almost half of the 300,000 tonnes of fly ash that Sweden produces each year. Right now, around half of this is sent to a disused limestone quarry on the Norwegian island of Langøya, near Oslo.
Fly ash, which is classified as hazardous waste, is what is left over when scrubbing the flue gas from waste incineration carried out by local communities and cities. The Ash2Salt plant will wash the fly ash and recycle its constituent salts: sodium chloride, calcium chloride and potassium chloride and resell these to manufacturers of various products and a range of commercial applications, including road salt production.
At the same time, EasyMining has a contract to supply GC Reiber, based in Oslo, Norway, and one of northern Europe’s largest manufacturers and distributors of industrial salts, including road salt. Reiber has in turn signed a contract with the road maintenance company Peab to supply it with road salt from the end of this year for the winter of 2022/23.