Iceland inks “first-ever” waste-to-energy fuel export deal


Norwegian waste-to-energy company Geminor has signed what they say is the first-ever deal to export waste from Iceland for waste-to-energy generation.

The company has signed a five-year contract to ship 70,000 tons of refuse-derived-fuel (RDF) from the country to a waste-to-energy facility in the Netherlands.

On arrival, the RDF that would likely have ended up in a landfill, is converted into a usable fuel for the generation of power, steam and heat.

Geminor says the first shipment is expected in Summer 2019 with regular shipments to follow thereafter.

Geminor’s Chief Operating Officer, Ralf Schöpwinkel, said: “Today, all waste on Iceland goes to landfill. This contract means that Iceland now joins many other European countries in making good use of their household waste by sending it to the EU as secondary fuel.

“This is not only a milestone for Iceland, but also for Geminor as a resource management company.”

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