Ecoslops, which claims to be the first company to develop technology to produce recycled marine fuels from marine oil residues (‘slops’), has announced its first sale of light bitumen (XFO).
This is the heaviest cut of its production. The bitumen is said to present excellent technical characteristics for companies involved in waterproof and insulating cladding, such as the building and construction markets. The proprietary approach allows the fuels to be adapted to suit specific client requirements.
The market for bitumen is predominantly local to the company’s industrial plant in the Port of Sines in Portugal. The light bitumen replaces equivalent virgin products. This first step creates additional development routes and opportunities to maximize the value of this product, but also that of products from lighter cuts (including light fuel, MDO, IFO).
Critically, says Ecoslops, it is proving its ability to recycle and upcycle the majority of the oil residues it collects (slops and sludges) either into marine fuel or into technical products for the building and construction markets.