BASF commits to chemical recycling

Recycling International | October 21, 2019

Chemical giant BASF is to invest €20 million into a partnership with a Norwegian pyrolysis specialist to boost the chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste. Quantafuel’s expertise in the integrated process of pyrolysis and purification will be optimised so the output can used as feedstock in chemical production. In a second step, Quantafuel will license the technology to other parties. The Oslo-based company plans a pyrolysis and purification plant with a capacity of approximately 16 000 tonnes per year at Skive, Denmark, with building work starting this year. BASF will have first refusal to all pyrolysis oil and purified hydrocarbons from the new plant for the first four years. It will use these secondary raw materials in its patented ChemCycling production project to develop the market for chemically recycled plastics. At BASF’s Ludwigshafen site, the recycled raw materials will be fed into the production process, partially replacing the dependency on fossil resources. To increase commercial opportunities, the partners plan to build other plants to produce purified hydrocarbons via chemical recycling.

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