Project: using reject waste streams to recover energy and minerals.


PECS Company Limited (2002) a landfill, waste sorting plant & plastic waste processing company from Khartoum and ECARU, the first Egyptian company specialized in introducing solid waste treatment and disposal services have joint forces and are in the process of starting an RDF plant in Khartoum.

Reject Waste from household waste- now being landfilled – will be sold to the RDF plant. The Joint Venture will make RDF out of this. This plant is planned next to the Waste Sorting plant.

 Windshifter being installed

Trommel arriving at the RDF plant

This project is not entering a trade market for RDF but will produce RDF for the domestic market: the cement industry. We estimate the market in Sudan to be at least 432.000 MT of RDF per annum. There are 6 cement factories in Sudan. They all use fossil fuel (Diesel/oil fuel) for burning.

The total consumption of all the cement plants is 1600 MT fuel oil/Diesel per day or 480.000 MT fuel oil/Diesel per annum. 30% of this can be replaced by RDF which would be 144.000 MT Diesel. It takes 3 tons of RDF to replace 1 ton of Diesel so the demand would be 432.000 MT per annum of RDF.


This project will lead to a reduction in use of fossil fuels in the cement Industry. The effects of this project is positive as it saves the cement industry use of traditional fuel and thus saves costs as RDF is cheaper. It contributes lowering the carbon (CO2) footprint of the industry. It recovers energy and minerals from waste. Less landfill will be needed. It also reduces cost for Khartoum State as less waste will end up on the landfill. This also saves them fuel in their operational costs (driving truck, bulldozers etc.) and it saves land.

The RDF plant is being financed by both the local partner as the Egyptian partner, with help from the Dutch PSI programme. it is a pilot and as such unique in Sudan. We expect the RDF plant to produce its first product in 2017.

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