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Calor powers up UK’s first LNG-fuelled asphalt plant

Calor LNG-fuelled asphalt plant
Calor powers up UK’s first LNG-fuelled asphalt plant

Calor LNG cuts Aggregate Industries' asphalt plant emissions by 17%.

Aggregate Industries’ Colemans Quarry site has become the first asphalt plant in the UK to make the switch to LNG, cutting both costs and carbon emissions with the help of Calor.

Based in North Somerset, the plant has been supplying the construction industry with building material for more than 60 years. It uses large quantities of gas to heat and dry the 250,000 tonnes of asphalt produced each year, and as the site is active 24/7, maintaining a constant, reliable supply of fuel plays a vital role in hitting production targets and meeting customer demand.

The site is located off the mains gas grid, and until recently the plant’s burners were fuelled with kerosene. After seeing an opportunity to reduce both emissions and fuel bills, Aggregate Industries approached Calor about working together on a new drying process.

1,800 tonnes’ reduction in carbon emissions

“We made the switch to LNG because it is a cleaner source of energy,” says Plant Manager Simon Evans. “We were previously using kerosene, but LNG is a more cost-effective product to burn. It also produces a lot less carbon, and reducing our carbon footprint is very important for Aggregate Industries.”

As well as substantially cutting fuel costs, the project has reduced the amount of CO2 emitted per tonne of asphalt produced at the site by 17%. This cuts Aggregate Industries’ annual emissions by 1,800 tonnes.

Turnkey solution

Representing Calor’s first turnkey LNG installation in the UK, the commissioning project began in January 2015 and was completed in May. As well as laying new pipework and converting the site’s 16MW burner to run on LNG, Calor installed a 90m3 tank and a pair of vaporisers each capable of converting 2,000m3 of gas each hour.

A reliable LNG supplier

One of the most important requirements of Aggregate Industries was that the site’s supply needed to be extremely reliable, as any interruption in operations would be costly. Calor has ensured that there is never any risk of the site running too low on LNG by installing a telemetry system that continually measures tank levels. As soon as the level gets low, the company automatically arranges a delivery.

“They can measure the level of gas in a tank, and they supply us with that information too,” Evans explains. “We’re currently having about two to three loads of LNG a week and that’s all delivered without us having to order it.

The relationship between Aggregate Industries and Calor during this project was very good and we built up a positive working relationship. I would recommend Calor as an LNG supply company.”