May 2020 saw the first soil turned on a new and entirely unique plant to be based on EasyMining’s patent for extracting commercial salts from fly ash. Nine months have now passed, and despite the corona pandemic, this major construction project is proceeding well and according to plan.
Mikael Hedström, CEO of Ragn-Sells’ Treatment & Detox, explains that he is able to follow construction online and see how the building is beginning to take shape via a camera. The plant is being built at Ragn-Sells’ largest waste facility at Högbytorp in Bro, just northwest of Stockholm.
- The foundations have gone in, explains Mikael, and they’re now putting up the steel frame. Half of the building is in place. The next step will be to clad the frame in Paroc panels, i.e. the façade itself, which consists of insulation and sheeting.
A number of different contractors are involved in the build. Construction project management is being provided by Midroc, which has long experience of major construction projects of this kind. Their task is to establish and direct coordination between the suppliers and to ensure that the timetable is kept to.
MKL Bau, a Polish construction company, is responsible for the building work. The technical equipment for recovering salts from the fly ash is being supplied by the company Hitachi Zosen Inova. So far, thanks for the foundations have been supplied and work on installing them has begun.
The project manager, Ulrik Améen, has been involved from the very beginning, and he has seen the project go from a patent application to a pilot project – and now to construction of a proper factory. He represents Ragn-Sells in the construction project.
- Everything’s going well, explains Ulrik. We are in line with the cost plan and even a little ahead of the timetable. The challenge has been Corona, and we were worried that the Polish construction contractor wouldn’t be able to come back after the Christmas break to continue work on the steel frame, but now they’re back on site. We have adapted the work in order to prevent the spread of infection, among other things by bringing in more site huts and keeping the contractors separated.
In mid-February, the plant’s new production manager, Mattias Lindblad, will be joining the project. He won’t have far to walk to his new place of work from the neighboring E.ON, where he had been involved in the construction of the big anaerobic digestion plant.. One important job will be to put together the personnel team of about 14 people representing various areas of expertise who will be responsible for operating the new plant.
- Just like E.ON’s biogas plant, this is a unique project, says Mikael, and Mattias has solid experience of commissioning, which is an important area of expertise for the job, in addition to his background in management.
EasyMining is an innovation company dedicated to closing nutrient cycles. We are owned by the Swedish environmental company Ragn-Sells. Our objective is to create new circular material flows in an efficient commercial way. We do this by inventing and implementing new technology that uses chemical solutions to recycle important materials.