Processed Engineered Fuel


Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) has significant calorific value and is a viable alternative to fossil fuels for use in cement kilns.   Using PEF improves environmental outcomes by reducing greenhouse gas production per tonne of cement produced.

Our Alternative Fuel complies with the requirements of the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Regulator under the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Companies that use either of our facilities can be guaranteed that waste is diverted from landfill, in turn reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions, notably methane, which contributes significantly to global warming.

SUEZ-ResourceCo South Australia

Working closely with Adelaide Brighton Cement Limited, ResourceCo developed Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) as a partial replacement for fossil fuels in the Adelaide Brighton cement kiln. The process harnessed the energy contained in combustible material that would have traditionally gone to landfill. This resulted in the commissioning of Australia’s first PEF manufacturing plant established at a cost of $20 million in South Australia. Following the successful development of this alternative fuel in 2006, SITA Australia partnered with ResourceCo to establish SITA-ResourceCo Alternative Fuels in 2007 (Now SUEZ-ResourceCo)

The automated SUEZ-ResourceCo plant sorts, sizes and extracts combustible material from commercial and industrial, and construction and demolition material waste streams in order to manufacture PEF.

The facility has the capability to manufacture up to 300,000 tonnes of raw material per annum into approximately 150,000 to 200,000 tonnes of PEF.

The SUEZ-ResourceCo facility in South Australia is contracted to supply PEF to Adelaide Brighton Cement, reducing their natural gas usage by around 30 million cubic metres annually.

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Cleanaway ResourceCo Resource Recovery Facility – Wetherill Park

The Cleanaway ResourceCo facility will become the second Australian plant, the state-of-the-art facility is in Wetherill Park, NSW.

This plant will replicate the production capabilities of the SUEZ-ResourceCo South Australian plant. Initially the plant will sort and separate all incoming materials, then recover any non-combustibles, such as metals and aggregates, for processing for re-use. The prime combustible materials will be used to produce Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF).

Incoming waste streams comprise of residential hard waste, commercial and industrial (C&I), residuals from recycling and certain mixed construction and demolition (C&D) materials. These typically include but are not limited to non-recyclable plastics, cardboard, paper and textiles as well as certain difficult to recycle waste timber materials.

The facility will convert up to 250,000 tonnes of material waste into approximately 150,000 tonnes of eco-friendly fuel each year and recover other commodities such as metal, aggregates and clean timber.

We received funding assistance for its construction from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPAʼs Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy

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ResourceCo Asia

Established in March 2010, ResourceCo Asia is taking the Group’s Alternative Fuel technology directly into the Asian markets.

ResourceCo Asia is an industry leader in waste recycling and waste management in Malaysia and Asia. It is a pioneer in the region for converting commercial and industrial waste into alternative energy; specifically, alternative fuels for the cement industry.

We own the region’s first waste to energy (WtE) processing plant in Ipoh, Malaysia designed for the production of Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) – a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) processed from non-recyclable waste.

Since starting operations in Malaysia in May 2011, ResourceCo Asia has revolutionised the waste recycling practices in the region by converting non-recyclable waste into alternative energy sources instead of dumping to landfills.

ResourceCo Asia is in a long-term partnership to supply Lafarge Malaysia – a leading global cement manufacturer with approximately 70,000 tonnes per annum of alternative fuels for its cement kilns. By partnering with ResourceCo Asia, Lafarge Malaysia has achieved significant fuel cost savings and is on track to reduce its carbon footprint and dependence on coal.

ResourceCo Asia has established a quality control regime administered through an on-site laboratory for day to day monitoring of the product quality.

The major challenge in implementing a new Waste to Energy project is the management of the feed stream and matching the process equipment to achieve an uninterrupted supply to the product specification and product consistency demanded by the kiln operator. ResourceCo AF production process can be fine-tuned to comply with different customer requirements. The required specification may vary according to different kiln design and waste streams utilised.

The parameters monitored by the laboratory are Calorific Value, Chloride, Moisture and Ash. A complete understanding of the expected levels of each of these parameters and their potential impact upon the kiln underpins the commercial success of any AF.

It is the Company’s intention to work with various end user partners to ascertain and realise the full value of these benefits, for the mutual benefit of both parties.