Sloewarmte: towards a sustainable Zeeland seaport

Sloewarmte: towards a sustainable Zeeland seaport

D4X6249LRA number of companies in the port of Vlissingen are working together to re-use residual heat. The residual heat coupling is making a significant contribution towards a sustainable Zeeland seaport, by producing savings in energy consumption and reducing CO2 emissions. On 21 October 2016, Sloewarmte B.V. was officially opened by Ben de Reu, representative of the Province of Zeeland.

Energy savings
_D4X6264 _1LRThe residual heat coupling has been established between the Zeeland Refinery, Martens Cleaning and COVRA (the Central Organisation for Radioactive Waste). Residual heat from the Zeeland Refinery production process is captured at 140°C and delivered in water form to Martens and COVRA via a pipeline. Martens uses the residual heat to purify used oil from (ocean-going) ships and make it suitable for re-use. COVRA uses the residual heat for climate control in its offices. After use, the water returns to the Zeeland Refinery, which again uses it as cooling water in its production process. The coupling will lead to annual energy savings of 2.4 million Nm3, which is equivalent to the consumption of around 1,500 households. In addition, CO2 emissions will be reduced by around 4,300 tons per year. Sloewarmte B.V. officially began operations on 29 September 2014. The residual heat coupling between Zeeland Refinery, Martens Cleaning and COVRA was installed in 2015 and has been in use since the beginning of 2016.

D758367LR‘The Sloewarmte B.V. project is a pioneer of the Smart Delta Resources (SDR) projects, which we started with 11 companies in the Delta region in 2013,’ says Province of Zeeland representative Ben de Reu. ‘The objective of the project is to work on concrete business cases, which involve companies in the chemical, energy, food and steel industries exchanging energy and raw materials with each other. This improves the companies’ competitive position on the international market, reduces CO2 emissions and enables businesses to operate more sustainably. I am proud of Zeeland’s pioneering role and, as part of SDR, we will continue to work hard on realising more of these kinds of projects in Zeeland.’

Together, Evides Industriewater, Zeeland Seaports and Martens Cleaning established Sloewarmte B.V. in order to realise the coupling. The residual heat coupling connects the Zeeland Refinery, Martens Cleaning and COVRA companies. The Province of Zeeland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs contributed to the realisation of the project in the form of a subsidy.

Opening SloewarmteLR

From left to right: Cor Dorst (COVRA), Jan Boelen (COVRA), Piet de Boks (Evides Industriewater/Sloewarmte), Ben de Reu (Provinie Zeeland), Tanneguy Descazeaud (Zeeland Refinery), Jan Lagasse (Zeeland Seaports) en Jan Hoondert (Martens Havenontvangstinstallatie).  

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