Iraq - Developing use of alternative fuels processed from waste materials

In northern Iraq, our Bazian plant is working with the Kurdistan government to recover energy from the municipal waste generated in the Sulaimaniyah metropolitan area.

 

Objectives

  • Guarantee the Bazian plant a reliable supply of alternative fuel
  • Increase the share of alternative fuel in the plant’s energy mix to 50% by 2020
  • Ensure a better environment for the city’s inhabitants
  • Contribute to local job creation

 

Summary

In northern Iraq, we are working together with the Kurdistan government to recover energy from municipal waste generated in the Sulaimaniyah metropolitan area. From this initiative a joint-venture, ‘EcoCem’, was launched between Lafarge and Faruk Group Holding in 2014.
The waste treatment facility is implemented in Tanjaro, treating 350 to 400 kilo tons of waste generated by the city of Sulaimaniyah per year.

EcoCem offers a fully integrated solution from the sorting and treatment of waste to the landfilling of the non-usable portions. The company sells recyclables to local markets, provides Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) suitable to Lafarge cement plants and landfills non-valuable inert fraction (representing a maximum of 20% of the waste).

Six months before the EcoCem project started, intensive training and full support from Lafarge experts were provided to future EcoCem and Lafarge employees. We also closely work with our stakeholders to educate them about waste management.
 

Results

  • Around 182,000 tons of waste per year will be processed into fuels to be used at our nearby Bazian cement plant.
  • Less waste is landfilled: we contribute to a better environment for the city’s inhabitants.
  • The waste management activity has allowed the creation of 150 jobs for the Tanjaro community in transporting RDF, processing and handling alternative fuels inside the plants.
  • Inspired by this successful initiative, the Kurdistan government asked our local teams to develop similar projects in Erbil and other locations.