Maryland Rerefinery Moves Forward


FCC Environmental said it is on track to break ground on its $50 million rerefinery in Baltimore in the second quarter of 2014, and to commence operations in the second quarter of 2015.

The rerefinery is expected to process about 40 million gallons of used motor oil annually. It is expected to produce about 27 million to 28 million gallons of rerefined base oil per year, FCC Environmental Vice President Vincent Glorioso told Lube Report.

There are about two to two and a half months of civil engineering work to be done, which well do between now and the end of the year so that we can submit the building permits, which will hopefully be done some time in December, Glorioso said. The permits will then go through the City of Baltimores approval process. Hopefully in five to six months they will be completed, he added, at which time FCC would break ground on the project.

The rerefinerys technology will include dehydration, distillation, thin film evaporation, hydro treatment and fractionation.

FCC has hired Montreal-based process engineering firm Ultragen as the technology provider on the rerefinery. Ultragen has a rerefining background – theyve expanded and modified a few facilities, so theyre not new to rerefining, Glorioso said. Theyre also extremely strong petrochemical engineers.

Baltimore-based WBCM is the local engineering firm on the project.

The Maryland Department of the Environment recently issued the facility an air permit. The environmental systems associated with the recycling facility will be comprised of the best technology available, as one would expect, to control the air emissions, said Ken Cherry, FCC Environmentals executive vice president and general manager. We believe these emission controls will become the model for future similar plants.

Houston-based waste oil collector FCC Environmental is a subsidiary of FCC of Madrid, Spain.