Northwood Exploration Israel LTD is committed to the preservation of the environment. The company operates with regard to compliance with environmental standards generally accepted in accordance with European Directive and the instructions of the Israeli Ministry of Environment.
In Israel 5.4 million ton of municipal and commercial waste are produced each year, of which plastic components are about 18%. Plastics are inexpensive and durable, and as a result levels of plastic production are high. However, the chemical structure of most plastics renders them resistant to many natural processes of degradation. Together, these two factors have led to a high prominence of plastic pollution in the environment, afflicting land, waterways and seas. Energy recovery from waste is the best way of waste treatment methods and it includes the production of electricity, heat, or fuel from non-recyclable waste materials. This process is often called Waste-to-Energy (WtE) and it’s highly supported by the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP).
The best method of WtE for plastics is Pyrolysis (decomposition of organic material at high temperatures), the same method that will be used in Northwood’s plants for production of oil and electricity from oil shale and plastic waste.
According to the MoEP policy and providing an environmental solution for the disposal of non-biodegradable plastic waste, every year about 200,000 ton of waste will be mixed with oil shale and fed into Northwood’s production plants.
The combined feed will increase the organic content and lead to an increased production along with an improved quality of oil, resulting in significant economic and environmental advantages.
Northwood’s mine is located in already active phosphate mining area, the layers of phosphate are laying below the oil shale layers, so the externalities that are associated with oil shale mining are not caused by Northwood.
In order to avoid environmental hazards of oil shale transporting, the plants will be situated in an industrial area near Northwood’s mine.
Northwood uses ex-situ technology in which the oil shale is mined and transferred to a separate extraction plant. This method does not use fracking, ground heating or production wells.
Emphasis will be placed on increasing the efficiency of energy recovery process.
The oil shale ash that will be produced during the retorting process of SHC technology is not considered hazardous material and can be disposed by sending it back to fill depleted mines.
The heat recovery systems of the plant allows to generate electricity without further polluting emissions.
Northwood’s project involves the advanced development and construction of the industrial oil shale & plastic waste processing…