Austria: Sustainable Polypropylene Borealis and Neste to Accelerate Circularity and Bioeconomy in Plastics

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Borealis and Neste are entering into strategic co-operation for the production of renewable polypropylene (PP). The co-operation is to enable the Austrian group to start using its partners renewable propane as renewable feedstock at its facilities in Kallo and Beringen, Belgium, starting end of 2019.

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Borealis plans to produce renewable polypropylene using Neste’s renewable propane by the end of 2019.
Borealis plans to produce renewable polypropylene using Neste’s renewable propane by the end of 2019.
(Source: Borealis)

Vienna/Austria — Borealis plans to use Neste’s renewable propane, produced in Rotterdam, at its facilities in Belgium to create an entire portfolio of applications based on renewable PP. This marks the first time that the Austrian company uses bio-based feedstock to partially replace fossil feedstock in commercial production of PP. It will also be the first time ever that renewable propane dehydrogenation is carried out at an industrial scale.

Neste offers bio-based alternatives to conventional fossil-based feedstock to be used in the production of polymers and chemicals. The producer has an annual production capacity of 3 million tonnes of renewable products. Using its proprietary Next BTL technology, it can utilize nearly any bio-based oil or fat as raw material, including lower-quality waste and residue oils to produce various premium-quality renewable products.

Borealis’ propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and PP plant set-up in Kallo is to enable the company to start offering bio-based propylene and consequently bio-based-PP in which bio-based content can be physically verified and measured. In addition, the manufacturer will continue to apply mass balance approach in its production at Kallo and Beringen to provide both renewable propylene and renewable polypropylene. The process is to be certified by the ISCC Plus (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification). Lucrèce Foufopoulos, Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins, Innovation & Technology and Circular Economy Solutions stated that the use of renewable feedstocks produced primarily from waste and residue streams would be a major contribution to reducing the company's reliance on fossil fuel based feedstocks.