Safety-Kleen Adds Northeastern U.S. Rerefinery

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Clean Harbors acquired a small API Group II+ rerefinery in New Hampshire last month, providing its Safety-Kleen subsidiary with a foothold in the Northeastern United States.

The company did not announce the transaction, acquired for less than $10 million from Green View Technologies Inc., because it was considered immaterial to a company of Clean Harbors’ size, company officials said.

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“We are always looking for opportunities to grow our footprint, and this relatively new facility, while small, complements our existing Safety-Kleen networkand gives us a plant in the Northeastern U.S.,” Safety-Kleen Executive Vice President Craig Linington told Lube Report. “It strategically made sense for both parties, given our strong presence in the [used motor oil] collection market in the Northeast region.”

The rerefinery has 6 million gallons per year of feedstock capacity (about 395 barrels per day) and 4 million gallons per year (about 260 b/d) of Group II+ base oil production capacity, according to Linington. For its catalyst technology, he explained, the plant uses “front end distillation and short path evaporation, followed by solvent extraction and clay polishing processes for the production of Group II+ base oil.”

Safety-Kleen itself will provide used oil feedstock for the rerefinery. “We have a strong presence in the Northeast,” Linington noted.

According to Green View’s website, in addition to base oil, the plant also produces industrial fuels and asphalt extender. The site is equipped to provide bulk shipment of product by railcar or truck, Green View noted.

Prior to the acquisition in New Hampshire, Safety-Kleen had capacity to produce about 11,450 b/d of Group II base oil across rerefineries in five locations – one in Breslau, Canada, and four in the U.S.: East Chicago, Indiana; Fallon, Nevada; Newark, California; and Wichita, Kansas.