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Total and Plastic Energy announce construction of first chemical recycling plant in France

Total and Plastic Energy have announced the creation of a strategic partnership and the development of the first chemical recycling project in France.

This plant, with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per annum, will be located on the new Total platform zéro crude in Grandpuits, France. The project is expected to become operational in early 2023.  

This first project in France represents the start of the collaboration between Total and Plastic Energy to deploy chemical recycling, a technology to recycle conventionally difficult-to-recycle plastic waste which would have been destined to incineration.

“This strategic partnership combined with the construction of the first chemical recycling plant in France is an important step in the development of the chemical recycling of plastic waste. It will contribute to achieve our goal of producing 30% of polymers from recycled materials by 2030,” said Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President Polymers in Total’s Refining and Chemicals business segment.

“The collaboration with Total will help contribute to the emergence of an innovative new industrial sector for recycling, meeting both the rising demand for high-quality recycled materials, and the need for real circularity in plastics,” declared Carlos Monreal, Founder and CEO, Plastic Energy.

Furthermore, Total has signed an agreement with Plastic Energy to purchase part of the pyrolysis oils produced in Plastic Energy’s plants in Spain from 2020.

The TACOIL has already been successfully processed in Total’s petrochemical platform in Antwerp. The properties of the polymers produced will be identical to that of virgin polymers and will be specifically suitable for food contact applications.