A successful first year for the ‘Smart Delta Resources Platform’

Friday March 13, 2015 15:23

The Platform to bolster the competitiveness of the industry in Zeeland has yielded over 20 projects on collaboration and synergy in raw materials and energy use.

Twenty promising projects that contribute to sustainable growth of the industry in Zeeland. That is the bountiful harvest of the first year of the Smart Delta Resources Platform. Commissioned by and collaborating with the SDR companies, ECN looked at solid efficiency measures relating to raw materials and energy use. These efficiency improvements seem most effective in collaboration with other parties, by linking process streams sequentially and by exchanging energy and residual flows. A waste product generated by one process could well be a source material for another process.

By continuing implementation of this collaboration next year, the industry sector in the DELTA region will strengthen its international competitive edge and increase the appeal for other companies to settle there.

The SDR platform is a co-operation of 11 power companies and other companies that use high volumes of raw materials and energy: Arcelor Mittal Gent, Cargill, Delta, Dow Benelux, ICL-IP Terneuzen, Lamb Weston-Meijer, Sabic Bergen op Zoom, Trinseo (formerly known as Styron), Suiker Unie, Yara Sluiskil and Zeeland Refinery, in the Southwestern Delta region (including West Brabant and North Flanders).

Zeeland Seaports, the Province of Zeeland and NV Economisch Impuls Zeeland actively support and facilitate this initiative.

The SDR platform was founded to meet the challenges of an unfavourable position in energy and raw materials, mainly caused by the shale gas revolution in the United States. Since its establishment in February 2014, the platform is looking for solid projects to quickly catch up with the competition. It is assumed that major synergy can be achieved by linking energy and raw material processes effectively, resulting in a decrease in production costs for multiple parties at once. The core of the platform is therefore collaboration.

In order to find these solid projects, the first year focused primarily on extensive studies and analyses by ECN and ISPT. These studies resulted in a list of 180 possible projects. That list has been reduced by refining the selection and identifying the top twenty promising projects. Programme leader Ger Spork: “ECN plays a key role in the interactions between different companies, thanks to its extensive knowledge of and experience in energy savings in the industrial sector. The opportunities exist; they must now be exploited for the economic benefit of companies and the region. This approach also addresses a social goal. Synergy enables a significant CO2 reduction and sets an example for the circular economy.”

Studies show added value of a connective network between companies
These twenty projects also clearly show that economic progress and sustainability go hand in hand. The projects are related to water, residual heat, gases and inorganic materials (salts, alkalis and acids), among other fields. Studies also clearly show that establishing the right physical connections, such as pipelines and pipeline management, provides more economic dynamics, resulting in a positive impact on growth and on jobs.

“What makes the SDR study unique is the ammunition it provides for the actual and solid collaboration between companies active in chemicals, steel, food and energy,” says Guido Custers, chairman of the SDR Board. “Such a collaboration is unique in the Netherlands and will put our region in an optimal position to pursue sustainable growth.”

More information
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Category: Corporate, Biomass, Energy efficiency