Queensland Pyrolysis Project

Queenstown-Pyrolysis

Pyrolysis plant for Queensland is planned to cater for mining tyres

Queensland Mining Tyres Turned into Oil

Up to 30 new jobs will be created in Queensland’s Bowen Basin as a result of a new partnership between BHP and Novum Energy to recycle mining truck tyres for the first time in Australia.

Used earth moving tyres from all seven BMA and BMC sites in Queensland will be supplied to Novum, who will convert the tyres into heavy and light oils, carbon black, syngas and steel at a processing plant being built in Nebo, in the Isaac region. BMA Asset President James Palmer said; “Recycling these tyres would create new jobs for the community, increase sustainability and reduce emissions at BHP’s Queensland operations.”


Palmer said; “We are constantly looking for ways to increase the sustainability of our operations, reduce emissions and contribute to regional communities, and this new BHP-led initiative does just that. New technology means rather than storing old tyres, which weigh around 4.9 tonnes each, they can be now be recycled and turned into new products. This helps us create a circular economy in the region by re-purposing waste locally and creating activity in the region.”


It expected that BHP will feed some 2,000 tyres per annum to Novum, seeing some 19,000 tons of rubber producing 9 million litres of oil, 4,500 tons of pyrolysis black and 2,500 tons of steel.

About the author

Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.

Email: ewan.scott@tyreandrubberrecycling.com

 

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