Norwegian firm FSG AS invests in the circular economy with CDE wash plant

Norwegian materials producer Fana Stein & Gjenvinning AS (FSG AS), a specialist in producing and selling crushed stone products, has revealed plans for a new waste recycling plant for construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste. The plant is designed and engineered by wet processing experts CDE, as it reinforces its commitment to a circular economy.
Washing & Water Management / October 4, 2023
By Guy Woodford
Eunan Kelly, head of CDE business development for north & western Europe. Pic: CDE

Delivered in partnership with Nordic Bulk, CDE's in-country partner, the new wash plant will be used to process a wide range of incoming construction and demolition waste material as well as contaminated soil from road works and excavation at building sites throughout Bergen and the wider Vestland county.


FSG AS was established in 1954 and then specialised in refining crushed rocks, operating a former pit on the now multi-use Fana Stadium site in Rådal, south of Bergen. As rock resources in the area depleted, the company transitioned to underground mining of bedrock inside the Stendafjellet mountain in Rådalen. Today, FSG AS is owned by Ragn Sells AS and Hellik Teigen AS, each with 50% ownership.


The company's operations in Stendafjellet are divided into two primary functions: extracting and producing crushed stone products and managing a licensed landfill for contaminated CD&E masses.


FSG AS is licensed to dispose of contaminated material in 18 mountain halls in Stendafjellet with a total void capacity exceeding 4.5 million m³. Every year, it facilitates the safe disposal of an estimated 200-250,000 tonnes of contaminated CD&E waste.


CDE's Eunan Kelly, head of business development for north and west Europe, says the solution CDE is engineering for FSG AS will nearly halve that figure.


"When fully operational, this state-of-the-art CDE solution will completely transform how FSG AS operates. It will equip the business with the tools needed to prioritise materials recycling and recovery over disposal to landfill, helping it divert significant volumes of material from landfill while simultaneously creating profitable and sustainable revenue streams."


The solution designed by CDE will also incorporate the flexibility needed to allow FSG AS to adapt its production in line with the demands of the construction market, enabling the company to transition easily between various product grades from an expanded range of sand and aggregate outputs.


Peder Egeland
Nordic Bulk's Peder Egeland. Pic: Nordic Bulk-CDE


FSG AS managing director, Mr Karsten L. Gundersen, explains: "We are moving from a linear economy to a circular economy, one where our first priority is not the disposal of material masses in landfill but the processing of incoming contaminated waste to recover and repurpose as much as possible. This partnership with CDE and Nordic Bulk will equip us with the technology and expertise to achieve this and, in doing so, support us to supply high-quality, in-demand recycled materials for the construction industry while ensuring the long-term sustainability of available landfill void."


Nordic Bulk's sales director, Peder Egeland, adds: "We are very excited by the potential of this project and working in partnership with CDE to deliver such cutting-edge wash plant technology. CDE's proven solutions combined with Nordic Bulk's industry expertise will empower FSG AS to benefit from improved efficiency, reduced operational costs and enhanced environmental sustainability. We are committed to providing the FSG project with comprehensive aftersales support and on-site assistance and look forward eagerly to witnessing the profound positive impact this technology will have on the company's operations."


Construction of the new wash plant commences this autumn and is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

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