France-based engineering and technology company Technip Energies and Versalis, Eni's chemical arm, have signed an agreement to build a platform for the advanced chemical recycling of plastic waste. The platform will integrate the pyrolysis technology developed by Versalis - called Hoop and Technip Energies' Pure.rOil and Pure.rGas purification technologies, in a project that aims to create a theoretically endless plastic recycling loop.
Versalis’ pyrolysis technology is able to handle a variety of feedstocks. The output from the process will then be treated by Technip Energie’s proprietary purification technology prior to being processed into monomers suitable for the production of new virgin polymers that are identical to polymers that come from virgin fossil raw materials.T.EN is also bringing its ethylene furnace and steam cracker design expertise to the project; the company has more than 700 steam crackers worldwide operating under its own licence, ensuring the safe and optimised integration of its purification technologies with both existing and new crackers.
This alliance will help strengthen Versalis’ and T.EN’s leadership in the transformation of traditional basic chemicals and polymers into sustainable, decarbonized products, according to Marco Villa, chief operating officer of Technip Energies.
“We are pleased to join forces with Versalis to bring our combined technologies for plastic waste recycling to commercialization,” he said.
This partnership with Technip Energies, which combines the two companies’ innovative technologies in chemical recycling and significant industrial experience, will allow us to accelerate the deployment of concrete and effective solutions to tackle plastic waste, to be applied wherever needed worldwide,” Adriano Alfani, Chief Executive Officer of Versalis concluded.