Kingfield’s automated processes, enclosed zones and recycling initiatives are designed to reduce waste, minimise emissions and achieve cost efficiencies.
The results from the upgraded Somerton plant in 2016 were compared to the previous Campbellfield plant, as the ‘traditional’ industry standard. The results support Kingfield’s commitment to making a sustainable galvanizing plant commercially viable.
Each plant had a throughput of over 13,000 tonnes, with a 5% variation in total volume. Efficiency improvements at the new Somerton plant mean that the new plant heats a greater volume of both acid and zinc for the galvanizing process, however Somerton consumed 12% less gas compared to the traditional HDG plant.
Recycling initiatives in the Pre-Treatment area resulted in a 56% reduction of hydrochloric acid waste output. From an emissions perspective, comparative results show VOC’s reduced by 60%, zinc and compounds emissions reduced by 86%, sulphur dioxide by 29.5%, oxides of nitrogen down by 55% and particulate matter by 31%.
Kingfield is proud of our achievements to date, we have an Environmental Management System in place, with further initiatives to fight climate change and help reach Victoria’s target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.