Cielo’s Aldersyde back online after upgrades

September 8, 2020 |

In Canada, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. says its first commercial facility in Aldersyde, Alberta is in production following an extended shut-down to allow for the implementation of upgrades.

Despite challenges related to COVID-19, Cielo’s contractors have been working or approximately the past 170 days to recommence continuous-flow production at the Facility. On August 11, 2020, Cielo’s operators began re-commissioning the Facility after installing newly designed equipment and implementing modifications to the flow process recommended by third party engineers to resolve problematic bottlenecks that were restricting production. The operation of the feedstock hoppers, the reacting tower and the waste line have been upgraded. With the implementation of these three major upgrades now complete, the Facility is once again producing distillate from wood waste using a proprietary catalyst.

While the re-commissioning of these front-end components was in progress, the facility was converting previously produced distillate into renewable naphtha, diesel and kerosene (aviation/marine jet fuel). In the coming days, now that distillate is being produced twenty-four hours a day, management expects to soon have enough distillate in the distillate holding tank to create the required amount of “head pressure” and to run both the distillate front-end as well as the back-end (which converts the distillate into renewable fuels) together and on a continuous-flow basis. This simultaneous operation of both ends was the primary reason for sourcing and implementing the upgrades.

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