Fly ash processor Charah Solutions Inc. has sited its first facility with patented granulated blast furnace slag grinding technology at the Port of Coeymans, 100 miles up the Hudson River from New York City. With barge, rail and truck access, it will finish MultiCem-branded slag cement to be distributed through the company’s MultiSource materials network.
|The Port of Coeymans terminal in New York demonstrates Charah Solutions’ ability to scale SCB-equipped slag cement finishing technology to market requirements.
“The Port of Coeymans is an ideal location for us to serve concrete customers across the Northeast,” says Charah Solutions CEO Charles Price. “The opening of this facility continues to highlight the importance of our acquisition of SCB International last year and is the first of many facilities we expect nationwide.”
SCB-modeled mills can be installed for a fraction of the cost of competing grinding methods, he adds, and scaled up or down to meet market demands—allowing the company to serve customers in markets where fly ash or other supplementary cementitious material supplies are limited. The process can also be used for grinding natural pozzolans to create additional binder alternatives to fly ash and expand Charah Solutions’ concrete-grade offerings.
“We are targeting both large and small markets, where the supply of fly ash is currently constrained, to rapidly deploy our technology,” notes Vice President of Byproduct Sales Scott Ziegler. “We can be up and running within a few months and produce as little as 30,000 tons or more than 100,000 tons profitably. This compares to traditional vertical roller mills or ball mills that require significant capital investments, need large production volumes to be profitable, and can take years to obtain the necessary construction permits.”
MP618 PROCESS PREMIER
Concurrent with deploying slag cement grinding technology from a mid-2018 acquisition of SCB International, Charah Solutions Inc. has installed companion beneficiation equipment at its Sulphur, La., terminal to improve the overall quality of ASTM C618-grade material output. Dubbed MP618 Multi-Process, the SCB-modeled method reduces loss on ignition, ammonia, activated carbon and moisture in fly ash.
“The launch of the MP618 technology is a significant milestone and a game changer for the beneficiation of fly ash,” says Charah Solutions CEO Charles Price. “Our utility customers now have an innovative, cost-effective solution that doesn’t require a significant capital investment or increase costs to rate payers. Additionally, we now expect to be able to provide a more reliable stream of fly ash to our customers.”
The proven thermal beneficiation technology provides concrete producers and their customers a reliable source of high-quality Class F fly ash to meet a growing number of construction projects in the greater Lake Charles/Sulphur region, he adds. The Sulphur terminal is Charah Solutions’ second barge-supplied location in southern Louisiana; a sister facility in LaPlace supplies Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama customers.
MP618 Multi-Process allows for beneficiation of both wet and dry fly ash and offers what the company contends are important advantages over competing technologies: It has a significantly lower cost profile; an efficient footprint with self-contained environmental controls that can be deployed in months versus years; and, a modular design that can be scaled to increase production based on market demand. With the functionality to process a variety of raw feeds, MP618 equipment can be installed at operating or idled coal-fueled generating stations.