Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe and Plastic Energy have announced plans to trial the use of Tacoil, a liquid raw material derived through a pyrolysis process from post-consumer waste plastics, as an alternative to fossil-based crude, in the Petroineos refinery operations at Grangemouth, in Scotland.
Here, Petroineos, a joint venture formed between Ineos and PetroChina in 2011, operates Scotland’s only crude oil refinery.
The preliminary trial will launch in Q1-2022 and pending the evolution of the policy environment in the UK will serve as a starting point for the planned development of a large-scale chemical recycling plant.
The various types of advanced recycling offer pathways to convert plastic waste into valuable resources, thus working towards a closed-loop system for plastics management. What these technologies have in common is their ability to turn hard-to-recycle plastics, such as mixed, multi-layer, flexible or contaminated plastics back into food grade recycled plastics or other products through chemical, thermal or biological processes.
They can help to reduce landfill as well as to reduce the use of fossil derived raw materials, thus contributing to a reduction in total CO2 emissions.