Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The SEFA Group is planning to build a $40 million facility in Georgetown to recycle high-carbon fly ash.
Money for the project could come from bonds issued by the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority. Georgetown County Council will hold a public hearing on the bonds at its next meeting on Dec. 10.
“SEFA exemplifies the type of environmentally-friendly companies that we welcome to our County and it has been a pleasure to collaborate with the South Carolina Jobs Economic Development Authority (JEDA) to assemble an incentive package to assist SEFA with this project,” said County Administrator Sel Hemingway.
The facility will join an existing SEFA facility, which opened on Steam Plant Drive in Georgetown in 2002. It will consume 100 percent of the coal fly ash produced at Santee Cooper’s Winyah Generating Station and recycle fly ash already in ponds at the station.
Coal fly ash from other Santee Cooper electric generating stations may also be transported to the Winyah Station site for processing.
The new facility can recycle up to 400,000 tons of fly ash per year.
“Recognizing that this investment positions them to recycle additional fly ash is great news for our environment as more waste products will be converted to useful purposes,” Hemingway said.
SEFA will use the Winyah Station fly ash as a primary ingredient in its STAR® (Staged Turbulent Air Reactor) process to produce a pure mineral product, free of organic contaminants and as an ingredient to make several other products, which will be used in paints, plastics, and rubber products.
“The pure mineral matter produced by our STAR® Plants provides greater strength and durability in concrete than the fly ashes that were typically used to make concrete over the last several decades,” said Tom Hendrix, CEO of The SEFA Group.
SEFA also operates STAR® plants in Columbia and Newburg, Md. However, this will be the first STAR® Plant that will also recycle fly ash from settling basins.
“The SEFA announcement to invest up to $40 million in their Georgetown County facilities is encouraging in that it speaks to the company’s outlook on the economy,” Hemingway said.
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