5.300 tons of tires shredded by Aliapur – French waste tire management authority – were shipped on July 11, 2019 on board the bulk carrier “Notos” from Dunkirk to Dakar. The goal for the waste tire management authority was to supply alternative fuel to the Sococim de Rufisque cement plant in Senegal using the waterway and the sea.

Senegal becomes the first country in West Africa to receive tire-derived fuel supplies from Aliapur. It is also the first time that Aliapur operates from Dunkirk, a sea and river port with the capacity to absorb the storage in transit of 5,300 tons of TDF. The TDF delivery lasted about ten days since it was in the port of Dakar on Monday, July 22. According to Aliapur, the delivery introduces “a new approach to transport and logistics” for TDF and scrap tire materials. Indeed, shipping TDF by means of maritime transport reduces usual CO2 emissions.

Pre-processed tire-derived fuel shipped to Dakar from Dunkirk came from two tire processing sites. That of Gilles Henry, located in the vicinity of the Toul river platform near Nancy where 1,500 tons of material were loaded mid-May on a barge that reached the port of Dunkirk by river channels in a week. The other site, Ramery, backed by the Harnes river platform at the gates of Lens, enabled to ship 3,800 tons on three barges operated by FL Multimodal between the end of May and the beginning of June.

Aliapur indicates that even though the industry has been working with the French cement company Vicat for about fifteen years, it has never supplied the Rufisque plant so far.

For Aliapur, “Dakar is also an unprecedented destination and Senegal becomes the first country in West Africa it feeds” with tire-derived fuel. In the short term, the waste tire management authority wants to eliminate the storage phase in the port and favor a direct transfer of pre-processed material, which would take a few hours only passing through Dunkirk.

Article by l’antenne.