Sabic and Plastic Energy build a first commercial plant in the Netherlands to refine and upgrade a valuable feedstock, known as TacoilL, a patented Plastic Energy product, which will be produced from the recycling of low quality, mixed plastic waste otherwise destined for incineration or landfill.

Texte AlternatifThe plant is anticipated to enter commercial production in 2021. Before, the industrials built a pilot with a capacity of between 10 000 T and 20 000 T.

“We have already two industrial plants in Spain operating 24/7 and a technology team with more than 10 years of experience developing this patented technology. Our advanced expertise will promote this new opportunity to turn plastic back into plastic as part of the circular economy.” said Carlos Monreal, Founder and CEO of Plastic Energy.

This company has successfully commercialised a patented thermochemical conversion technology to convert a wide range of end-of-life, dirty and contaminated plastics, hardly recyclable for conventional processes, into usable feedstock. Plastics are melted in an oxygen free environment and then broken down into synthetic oils at which point the oils need to be refined and upgraded as feedstock for traditional petrochemical uses.

The project represents an important step for Sabic in its commitment towards a circular economy. "The company is the first petrochemical company to implement an investment project for the chemical recycling of challenging mixed plastic waste back to the original polymer" said the management.

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