Titan Tire Reclamation facility in Fort McMurray takes on scrap mining tires
Titan Tire Reclamation Corp. (TTRC), a subsidiary of Titan International, Inc. celebrated its grand opening at the end of March in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
After years of research and development, Titan Tire Reclamation Corp (TTRC) says they have developed a unique environmental solution to process giant scrap mining tires that have been accumulating in Alberta's oil sands. Until now, the recycling of scrap industrial mining tires was not possible because of their size and density. The TTRC thermal reactors transform mining tires into oil, steel and carbon black solving one of the biggest environmental problems these mines face. TTRC came up with the solution using a process originally developed by Green Carbon and in partnership with ACDEN (part of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation), Paul Newton, Green Carbon and Suncor to bring the project to the oil sands. TTRC says at full production, they estimate their new operation will be capable, daily, of converting 240,000 pounds of scrap tires to approximately 13,600 gallons of oil, 52,800 pounds of steel and 76,800 pounds of carbon black. These recycled items will be processed back into new products, and the system uses 85 percent of the gas it generates to heat up vessels used to contain scrap tires.
All four of Canada's major mines were represented at the opening with several mine contractors also present. Attendees were able to tour the facility and view Titan's wheels, tires and undercarriage products as well as learn more about our mining services. Chief Allen Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) was in attendance, showing the First Nation's support of the new technology and their partnership with TTRC. At the event, he noted the importance of protecting our environment and the economic benefit of doing so, stating that reclamation is a big part of the future of the region.
TTRC says the technology is also providing jobs. The company currently has 15 people working at the facility and the number could expand to as many as 40 employees. TTRC will be testing and developing the system and in doing so, will ramp up the entire system in an orderly manner over the next several weeks.
At the opening, Titan International Chairman and CEO Maurice Taylor shared the company's plans to expand the TTRC operations to Chile and Australia, as well as Alberta. "This system is not just the only one of its kind in the Canadian industry, it's the first of its kind in the world," stated Taylor. "This venture has taken over seven years to complete from the day Titan first met with Shell Oil, but it's been two years to get it here today with Suncor. I want to thank everyone who has worked on this project and for what they have done to make this new chapter at Titan successful."
Titan International, Inc., a holding company, owns subsidiaries that supply wheels, tires, assemblies and undercarriage products for off-highway equipment used in agricultural, earthmoving/construction and consumer applications.
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