The move has been undertaken by Sabic to achieve its sustainability goals and also to enhance its petrochemicals business in Europe. The new plant will be used for refining and upgrading Tacoil, a valuable feedstock which will be developed from recycling plastic waste.
The Netherlands – Sabic has recently announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with UK-based Plastic Energy, a pioneer in chemical plastics recycling, for the supply of feedstock to support Sabic’s petrochemical operations in Europe.
Sabic and Plastic Energy intend to build a commercial plant in the Netherlands to refine and upgrade a valuable feedstock, known as Tacoil, a patented Plastic Energy product, which will be produced from the recycling of low quality, mixed plastic waste otherwise destined for incineration, or landfill.
The plant, which is anticipated to enter commercial production in 2021, is a significant milestone for Sabic towards the company’s commitment to establishing a circular economy and, more broadly, its sustainability goals.
Plastic Energy 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.