MRC -- Eni subsidiary Versalis has started construction on a 6,000 tonne/year pyrolysis-based chemical recycling demo plant in Mantua, Italy, the company announced in a press release.
The plant will use mixed plastic waste as feedstock and is expected to be operational by end-2024. While not mentioned in the press release, Fabio Assandri, Research and Innovation Technology Director at Versalis, has previously stated that Plasmix is an ideal waste stream for pyrolysis.
Plasmix is a grade of mixed plastic waste sold by Italian waste management and recycling major Corepla (National Consortium for the Collection and Recycling of Plastic packages) and is made up of the remaining mix of plastic packaging waste post-sorting for mechanical recycling suitable material.
The press release did state that “the project was made possible by the collaboration – initiated in 2020 – with Corepla.”
The demo plant will integrate Technip Energies’ pyrolysis purification technologies, following on from the agreement reached between Technip and Versalis in September.
We remind, Versalis, Eni's chemical company, has published the 2022 Sustainability Report, illustrating its contribution to the development of more sustainable and circular models in line with Eni's strategy and values, said the company.
The document also outlines the targets set by the company to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Being energy-intensive, the chemical industry bears a heavy responsibility in the decarbonisation challenge since deemed ‘hard to abate’, i.e. difficult to decarbonize.