Ceram, the international materials technology company, was chosen by Cenex to analyse the fuel integrity of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) biomethane vehicle trial. Driven by a desire to produce a step change reduction in fleet carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, CCE contracted Cenex to evaluate and compare the emissions, fuel consumption, economics, reliability and operability of a 26 t Iveco Stralis gas vehicle with that of a diesel Stralis vehicle. The trial vehicles – one operating solely on biomethane gas, and one diesel powered – were highly comparable. Both were new registrations at trial commencement and met Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle emission standards.The vehicles’ performance was evaluated through a collaborative assessment project, which included Cenex, the UK’s centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies, Iveco, the truck manufacturer and Gasrec, the fuel supplier.Ceram has extensive experience in evaluating biogas for use as biomethane, and was therefore chosen to analyse the quality of the fuel and integrity of the gas supply chain. The analysis confirmed a high methane content and low levels of contamination throughout the fuel supply chain; the fuel exceeded the quality levels required by the vehicle manufacturer. Stuart Watson, Ceram’s Organic Chemistry Delivery Supervisor, commented: “CCE are re-using waste and reducing their carbon footprint. Through anaerobic digestion, waste products have been transformed into biomethane which is used as a fuel for their vehicles. By taking an innovative approach, CCE have demonstrated the potential of biomethane as a vehicle fuel for other industries. We are pleased our analysis has helped them to do this.”Ceram is an independent, international materials technology company that focuses on innovation, sustainability and quality assurance of materials. Headquartered in Staffordshire, UK, and with approved laboratories around the world, Ceram solves product and process challenges across a range of materials to help clients improve performance, comply with regulations and develop their sustainability performance in order to gain a competitive advantage and increase profitability.
SNC-Lavalin’s South African office has successfully fulfilled an order for the engineering of the civil layout and procurement of equipment for a 60 t/h Dense Medium Separation (DMS) plant for a diamond mining company in the northern hemisphere. The DMS plant is part of a greater greenfield operation and the equipment procured by SNC-Lavalin will tie in with equipment provided by other suppliers.“We established a modular group in 2010 to focus on the specific market requirement for compact plants that can be broken down into smaller sections and easily transported anywhere in the world,” says Roger Rousseau, Manager of SNC-Lavalin’s modular team at the South African office. “This approach reduces time spent on site, because the equipment can be cold commissioned prior to being delivered to the customer. Another benefit is that additional modules can be installed at a later stage to increase capacity. In addition, the modular group specialises in building containerised plants, which also makes logistics far simpler. This small projects group has a team of highly skilled professional members, all capable of multitasking. This gives us a price advantage when tendering for small projects, while these smaller customers enjoy the benefit of having full access to the resources of one of the world’s leading engineering and construction groups.”He adds: “SNC-Lavalin offers modularisation and containerisation opportunities to the African mining and metallurgy sector to address the risks associated with working at remote sites on the continent. For companies operating in Africa, one of the biggest challenges is erecting equipment in remote locations where there are always concerns about safety and access to reliable services or resources. The ability to modularise plants makes it possible to complete most of the work in a local workshop, while applying the highest standards of health, safety and quality.” Rousseau says that on this particular project, his team was able to tap into SNC-Lavalin’s substantial global network of technical resources and specialists. These experts provided valuable input with regard to the properties, standards and specifications of the structural steel needed to construct the DMS plant for the harsh northern hemisphere climate.