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Mining Tyre Recycling Creates New Jobs in the Bowen Basin

Mining News - Published on Tue, 04 Aug 2020

Image Source: BHP Novum Energy Tyre Recycling
Up to 30 new jobs will be created in the 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 the tyres would create new jobs for the community, increase sustainability and reduce emissions at BHP’s Queensland operations.

Mr 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.”

BHP will start by supplying 2,000 tyres annually to Novum. Ttarget is to process 19,000 tonnes of rubber per annum, which will produce approximately 9 million litres of fuel oil, 4,500 tonne of recycled carbon black, 2,500 tonnes of waste steel and excess syngas for electricity generation.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 04 Aug 2020
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