ECOSLOPS to meet regenerated slops production targets from Port of Sinès refinery

Environment, Marine Equipment Products and Services, Oceanology, Oil Spill, Pollution — By on July 4, 2016 at 7:51 PM

ECOSLOPS LOGO 4 JULY 2016H1 2016 operational report shows target of 30, 000 tons per annum will be delivered by year-end 2017, as production is ramped up in line with expectations.  Company also signs first medium term financing of €1 million with Portuguese bank.

PARIS,  July 4, 2016 – ECOSLOPS (ISIN: FR0011490648; Ticker: ALESA / PEA-PME eligible), an innovative technology company that upgrades ship-generated hydrocarbon residue into new fuels and light bitumen, today announced in its H1 2016 operational report that it is on track to meet its annual target of producing at least 30, 000 tons of regenerated slops in 2017 from its industrial site in the Port of Sinès.  The facility in Portugal is the world’s first plant that is capable of transforming maritime slops into commercial products.ECOSLOPS has also announced that following continued commercial and industrial successes, the company has received its first backing from a Portuguese bank in the form of €1 million in medium-term (4 years) financing.Vincent Favier, CEO of ECOSLOPS, said: “In the year since the official inauguration of our site in the Port of Sinès, its successful performance is clear to see. Having proven its industrial efficiency by recycling and upcycling over 98% of the hydrocarbon residue collected, we can confirm that the monthly production target of 2, 500 metric tons will be reached by the end of 2016 and that at least 30, 000 tons will be produced in 2017, meeting our initial objective. Simultaneously, our prospective and development projects and partnerships are progressing well. This industrial and commercial momentum further increases our confidence, and we are reiterating our objectives of signing deals for three new sites by the end of 2017 and seeing our Sinès site break even by the end of 2016.”In conjunction with the regular acquisition of clients on a monthly basis, the Sinès plant continues to deliver a regular increase in its production throughout 2016.   In April and May it produced almost 2, 100 metric tons a month, which has strengthened the company’s confidence in its ability to achieve a regular monthly output of 2, 500 metric tons by the end of 2016.  In June 2016, after a year of operation, ECOSLOPS also successfully carried out an in-depth technical verification of its installations, and no issues were found.

Since establishing itself in the Port of Sinès, ECOSLOPS has developed a win-win partnership with ship owners (notably MSC) that call in the port to discharge their slops. The quality of service provided by ECOSLOPS, as well as competitive prices have enabled the amount of slops collected each month to grow from 400 metric tons (dehydrated) to more than double that figure today. This demonstrates that ECOSLOPS can substantially boost the collection of local slops due to the proven viability of its business model, which is based on transforming slops into commercial products, rather than on the high collection prices that have to be paid by shipping companies elsewhere. Implementing ECOSLOPS’ model on a widespread basis will serve to drive the sustainable disposal and regeneration of slops across the shipping industry.

The inability of traditional collectors to find long-term outlets for hydrocarbon waste has led to a slump in slop prices in Northern Europe. ECOSLOPS has capitalized on this situation by supplementing its supplies through the regular importing of slops. In June 2016, the site took delivery of a fourth tanker in order to allow the plant to rapidly increase its activity. Since the first tanker delivery in August 2015, the average cost of imported slops (including transport) has fallen by 70%. Expressed as a percentage of the average selling price of products, the standard gross margin has more than doubled, enabling the company’s business model to be strengthened during a time of low crude prices.

About ECOSLOPS:

ECOSLOPS has developed and implemented a unique technology to upgrade maritime transport oil residues (slops and sludge) into new fuels and light bitumen. The solution proposed by ECOSLOPS is based on a unique micro-refining industrial process that transforms these residues into commercial products that meet international standards. ECOSLOPS offers an economical and ecological solution to port infrastructure, waste collectors and ship-owners through its processing plants. The first industrial unit is based in Sinès, Portugal’s largest commercial port.

ECOSLOPS is listed on Alternext in Paris (ISIN: FR0011490648; ticker: ALESA) and is PEA PME eligible.

http://www.ecoslops.com

 

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