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Pyrolysis technology makes headway in South Africa

Pyrolysis technology makes headway in South Africa

Dec 9, 2014

Gauteng based Milvinetix is one of South Africa’s first fully functional pyrolysis plants.  Working closely with the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA), over the last year and a half Milvinetix has received an infrastructure development grant of R310 per tonne of waste tyre – delivered at no charge by REDISA registered transporters. 

This grant has been used by the company to develop existing infrastructure and purchase new equipment so that the business can expand, and ultimately take more waste tyres.

Pieter Buckle, Managing Director of Milvinetix said “the infrastructure development grant paid by REDISA is a solid and reliable source of income. This has allowed us to focus on developing our core business and is an essential part of our company’s ability regarding our planning strategies – particularly to potential future growth”.

At this processor, tyres are transformed into smaller and simpler compounds. These compounds can then be turned into various products including carbon char, oil, and may also be used to generate electricity. Currently Milvinetix supplies its products to an organisation that further purifies the oil and sells it into the market. In addition, carbon char is supplied to interested parties who in turn re-process and refine the product which again is sold off to the market.

“Despite initial start-up challenges, we at Milvinetix continue to look for solutions in terms of creating synthetic fuels. This is not only leading to job creation opportunities, but also a cleaner South Africa,” said Buckle.

All processors involved in the REDISA Plan are required to meet stringent criteria, and are subject to a vetting process.

“We applaud the work that Milvinetix has done to date. The company is certainly proving that pyrolysis is an upcoming industry for the South African market and is showing huge potential. Setting up a pyrolysis plant is an incredibly technical and expensive exercise, but companies like Milvinetix are going a long way towards assisting REDISA in setting up the new tyre recycling industry ,” said Stacey Davidson, director at REDISA.

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