Project n.º 7034
Support under the incentive system
Chip Cleaning Process
Total eligible cost: 504.116 €
EU Financial Support: 277.263,8 €
National public financial support: 0 €
Summary of the project
Pinewells presents an investment project called the Chip Cleaning Process (CCP) that fits the type of innovation process, namely, the implementation of a new and significantly improved goods production process. The project is essentially an innovative change in the manufacturing process, with the insertion of another intermediate section, which allows you to decontaminate the raw material and reduce the high values of ash that can influence the quality of the final product, reducing manufacturing costs. This occurs not only through the inclusion of raw material - until now neglected for having too many impurities -, but also through the reduction of downtime and more hours of useful life of the existing equipment, making the company more profitable.
Besides operational training, the drill was intended to exercise planning and the running of a district-wide exercise; collect relevant information related with the planning and carrying out of an action in case of a real fire in industrial facilities in the south terminal of the Aveiro Harbour and exercise all means of protection and recue in a joint-force, between the predefined operational points.
The drill took place on February, 7th, at 10 am. The alert was an outbreak of fire followed by an explosion, and there was a “victim with severe injuries”.
The first intervention took place with a protection team of the Socarpor company, concessionaire of that terminal, that at 10:05 began fighting “the flames” supported by a tank vehicle. Eight minutes after being alerted, the first firefighters arrived at the operations set, starting immediately fighting the “fire” and helping alleged victim with serious injuries.
The "fire" was extinguished by 11:30, and the whole exercise was terminated at 12 pm.
The “Moliceiro 2015” involved a total of 4 fire squads, with nine vehicles and 33 men, with another 5 squades on standby.
Were also involved members of Socarpor, PSP, INEM, Polícia Marítima, Autoridade Nacional de Protecção Civil, the Administration of the Aveiro Harbour and the Aveiro Municipal Council.
On balance, this drill was considered to be positive by the Comando Distrital de Operações de Socorro do Distrito de Aveiro [Aveiro District Centre for Rescue Operations].
With a covered area of 4,500 m2, the infrastructure implied an investment of more than 1.4 M euros, with a finish date scheduled for the end of the current month.
In addition to the storage capacity of the new warehouse, it will act as a logistics platform that will allow for a significant increase in rapidly loading trucks, with undeniable improve-ments in service provided to clients.
The company was once again present for the third consecutive year at Expobioenergia, an event that took place between 21 and 23 October in Valladolid, Spain.
This fair is considered the largest in the sector held in the Iberian Peninsula, also one of the most important in Europe, involving the presence of many professionals in the field, as well as end users.
Being one of the leading companies in Europe, Pinewells’ stand was visited by numerous customers and suppliers, one of the most visited stands at the fair, where it was possible to establish new contacts, promote the company, the products, as well as the overall Group Visabeira and publicize markets in which it operates.
In fact, 85% of what is produced in the unit located in Arganil is intended for export, in particular to Denmark, Spain, England and Italy. France and Germany are the priority markets for the current year, however an increase of double sales in the internal market is predicted, i.e. from 15,000 to 30,000 tons.
Energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, using pellets allows for a savings of around 50% compared to fossil fuels, and there is an expected increase in consumption in the next few years in our country and abroad.
The product marketed is 6 mm in diameter, is in accordance with the new EN Plus stand-ard, and can be found in most hypermarkets, at heating systems company locations, spe-cialty stores and some warehouses, from the North to South of the country.