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Hazardous

The Hazardous Waste Division is made up of three businesses: Reym, Van Gansewinkel Industrial Services (VGIS) and ATM.

Reym and VGIS are leading industrial cleaning companies in the Netherlands, promoting a Total Care solution (cleaning, transport and waste management) for heavy industry, petrochemical sites, oil and gas production (both on and offshore) and the food industry. Part of the collected waste streams are treated at our own ATM facility in Moerdijk. ATM is one of Europe’s largest sites for the treatment of contaminated soil and water, as well as for the disposal of a broad range of hazardous waste such as waste paints and solvents. In addition, there is a small specialist site at CFS Weert, which will also move under the management of Hazardous Waste in due course. CFS is a specialised chemical physical separation unit that can handle highly contaminated waters and sludges. The combination of both treatment sites gives the Hazardous Waste Division a leading position in the market. The business model is shown below.

Reym and VGIS’s highly-experienced and trained cleaning teams use specialist equipment to deliver a reliable, costeffective and above all safe cleaning process in a market where the cost of safety and quality is of paramount importance. ATM is a leader in water and soil treatment because of: the cost advantages provided by its fully integrated plant processes; its waterside location for the cleaning of ships; and its excellent record of compliance with the many environmental controls and permits required in the hazardous waste market. Smaller watery waste streams or more complex streams are treated by CFS.

Markets

The core market drivers for the Hazardous Waste Division are industrial activity in the Benelux, particularly in the oil and gas sectors and in the Rotterdam and Moerdijk region, coupled with construction and site remediation activity across Europe. We are a trusted party for the processing industry in complex and highly-intensive ‘stop and maintenance’ projects.

The oil and gas sector represents over half of the revenues of the Hazardous Waste Division. The oil and gas market stabilised at low levels of activity following the declines of the previous year. This has maintained pressure on the productivity and profitability of the Reym and VGIS cleaning divisions, on sludge volumes into ATM and on the value of waste oils produced during treatment. Reductions in gas production in the northern Netherlands have exacerbated this. Actions taken in 2015/16 to rationalise capacity to meet the expected lower levels of demand proved to be effective.

On a longer-term basis, activity in the Benelux has stabilised in the last year and Rotterdam has continued to remain busy with growth in waterside waste volumes during the year. The new site in Rotterdam that opened mid 2015, provides a perfect base for the Total Care solutions that we provide to our established customer base in this important industrial area.

The volume of contaminated soil requiring treatment in Europe has continued to be affected by the budgetary constraints of governments. This results in a continued downward pressure on volumes available and hence on pricing. However, our long-term pipeline remains sound, with many sites earmarked for brownfield redevelopment. Short-term decreases in the volume of soil available are offset by increased volumes of tar containing asphalt grit (TAG) as a result of a successful industry lobbying campaign to have this material, produced during road surface replacement, treated within the Netherlands, rather than being exported.

We have also opened up new market opportunities and technologies, such as the use of ultrasonic cleaning which has seen a strong level of demand in the past year.

Technologies and Products