px Group, owner of Saltend Chemicals Park and operator of various critical energy infrastructure sites across Europe, has been awarded a ten-year operation and maintenance contract by ReNew ELP at its plastic recycling plant .
ReNew ELP, a subsidiary of Mura Technology Ltd, will bring its HydroPRS (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) technology platform to chemically recycle end-of-life plastics, using supercritical water to break them down into naphtha, gas oils, heavy wax residues and other valuable liquid hydrocarbon products. These will then be contributed to the manufacture of new plastics. Reportedly, this process can be repeated endlessly and handles all types of plastic waste, regardless of how easily it is typically recycled.
In the first phase of operations, px Group and ReNew ELP aim to process more than 20,000 tons of plastic waste per year. They claim to have the scope and planning permission to build additional processing lines, which should bring the figure up to 80,000 tons.
It is also suggested that the contract itself, scheduled to start before the end of 2022, will result in the creation of around 30 new jobs on site.
Geoff Holmes, CEO of the px group, says: “We have 30 years of practical experience in developing cleaner energy projects and reducing emissions. Thus, with this contract, we will continue to provide the low-carbon solutions necessary for a sustainable economy and reinforce our commitment to the energy transition.
Richard Daley, Managing Director of ReNew ELP, adds: “px Group has first-class experience running some of the UK’s most important energy and industrial sites, with an exemplary safety record. We look forward to working with px Group and the team on site as we demonstrate the business performance of HydroPRS and expand our technology offering worldwide.
We spoke to Mura Technology last year to learn more about the HydroPRS process and the launch of its recycling plant. They told us about the demand for new recycling and treatment methods as the industrial use of plastic increases, the difficulty of getting the attention of political and regulatory organizations and their partnership with KBR.
Most recently, Itero Technologies announced its €5 million investment from Infinity Recycling’s Circular Plastics Fund to design and build a demonstration plant for its proprietary pyrolysis chemical recycling process.