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Three companies collaborate to turn waste plastic into fuel, chemicals


August 16, 2018  


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Neste, ReNew ELP, and Licella are joining forces in a development project to explore the potential of using mixed waste plastic as a raw material for fuels, chemicals, and new plastics.

In addition to studying liquefied waste plastic feasibility and sustainability as refinery raw material, the companies are also collaborating with the aim to facilitate regulatory acceptance for chemical recycling.

“Neste has a strong legacy in refining, as well as raw material and pretreatment research, but we still need development of technologies, value chains, and supporting legislation for plastic waste based products to become a reality at industrial scale,” says Matti Lehmus, Executive Vice President of Neste’s Oil Products business area. “I believe that this cooperation can accelerate the needed development and commercialization of waste plastic based products.”

The collaboration is one of the steps towards Neste’s goal to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material to fossil refining, with a target to process annually more than one million ton of waste plastic by 2030.

ReNew ELP is building a chemical recycling plant in Teesside, UK, with a target to recycle end-of-life plastic to produce raw material for a range of petrochemical products. This will be the first commercial scale plant based on Cat-HTRTM technology, a catalytic hydro-thermal liquefaction platform developed by Licella over the past 10 years.

“ReNew ELP is very pleased to join this collaboration with Neste,” says Richard Daley, Managing Director of ReNew ELP. “At ReNew ELP, we look to deploy our game-changing chemical recycling technology providing an innovative solution to the problem of plastic waste disposal.”

The collaboration also involves Armstrong Energy, who in a joint venture with Licella are leading the financing of the Teesside facility and global deployment of the Cat-HTRTM technology.

“We are excited to be deploying the world’s first commercial scale Cat-HTR plant alongside Armstrong Energy,” says Dr Len Humphreys, CEO of Licella Holdings. “After 10 years and 75 million (Australian) dollars invested in the technology, we believe that the Cat-HTR is an important chemical recycling solution for the significant global challenge of end-of-life plastic.”