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Wastewater complex to bring jobs to Halifax County

A self-powered energy and industrial wastewater (IWW) treatment complex that could hire between eight to 24 local employees is slated for development at Spirit Services, Inc.’s (SSI) waste oil treatment facility in South Boston, Industrial Development Authority (IDA) officials announced this week.

SSI, a full service environmental recycling company based in Williamsport, Maryland, currently has a waste oil treatment facility located beside Cherokee Tobacco in the Halifax Industrial Park on Route 58, IDA Executive Director Mike Sexton said Tuesday.

A press release from Converted Organics announced the company recently signed a letter of intent with SSI for the development of an energy and industrial wastewater treatment facility that will use Converted Organics’ exclusively-licensed IWW evaporation technology at the South Boston facility.

SSI Chief Financial Officer Tim Matthews said Tuesday the number of employees to be hired will depend on the size and scope of the power plant and industrial waste water treatment system developed at the South Boston facility.

However, he estimated between eight to 24 new employees could be hired once the self-powered IWW treatment complex is complete.

“We’re hoping to begin construction and renovations (at the South Boston facility) before the end of the year and be operational by the second quarter of next year,” Matthews said.

Under the agreement, the companies will jointly develop a self-powered IWW treatment complex at SSI’s waste oil treatment facility in the Halifax Industrial Park using Converted Organics’ LM-HT ™ Concentrator technology for the evaporation and zero-liquid discharge of IWW.

SSI’s equipment will run on three recovered waste oil and fuels, bio-diesel or natural gas-fueled engines, with the waste heat generated by these engines used to power Converted Organics’ wastewater concentrator, the release states.

“We are pleased to be working with Spirit on this important green project, as we believe that the self-power model being implemented here has broader, larger scale implications in the wastewater treatment industry,” said Rick McEwen, president and general manager of the Converted Organics’ Industrial Wastewater Resources division.

When contacted Tuesday morning, McEwen confirmed the new complex would be located in the existing SSI waste oil treatment facility in the local industrial park.

“The system we are deploying, based on our LM-HT Concentrator, is substantially more energy efficient than other IWW technology, given its ability to run on waste heat generated by the oil treatment system. We believe that the IWW market represents a significant growth opportunity for Converted Organics as we work to build a portfolio of green assets and are excited about the prospects that exist for the company in this arena,” McEwen said.

Converted Organics is the exclusive licensee of LM-HT Concentrator technology for the treatment of industrial wastewater.

According to the press release, due to its unique, energy efficient design, the LM-HT Concentrator provides a highly-cost effective alternative to traditional IWW treatment technology. Once installed at the SSI facility, Converted Organics plans to apply for carbon credits and government grants, based on the technology’s ability to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption through its use of waste heat and renewable energy as thermal fuel.

IDA Executive Director Sexton credited new legislation with providing more opportunities for small generating plants such as Converted Organics and Spirit Services, Inc. to come on line locally, and he said the county IDA plans to continue pushing the agribusiness side of energy here.

Converted Organics produces high-quality, all-natural, organic soil amendment and fertilizer products through food waste recycling. The company uses its proprietary High Temperature Liquid Composting (HTLC) system, described as a state-of-the-art microbial digestion technology, to process various biodegradable food wastes into dry pellet and liquid concentrate organic fertilizers that help grow healthier food and improve environmental quality.

Converted Organics sells and distributes its environmentally-friendly fertilizer products in the retail, professional turf management and agribusiness markets.

Spirit Services, Inc. is a full service recycling company specializing in the treatment of non-hazardous waste materials including industrial and domestic wastewater, generated by various industries and municipalities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.