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Neste and Ravago plan waste plastic chemical recycling JV in Vlissingen

Finland-headed Neste  Oyj, a leading producer of renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and drop-in renewable feedstocks and solutions for the polymers and chemicals industry, and Belgium-headed Ravago Group, a leading distributor and recycler of polymers, plan to establish a joint venture to build an industrial facility for the chemical recycling of waste plastics in the North Sea Port in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval. 

Neste Oyj and Ravago Group plan to establish a joint venture to build an industrial facility for the chemical recycling of waste plastics in the North Sea Port in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. An aerial view of the designated location for the planned facility, which is subject to regulatory approval, in North Sea Port in Vlissingen (photo courtesy Peter Buteijn).

Neste and Ravago aim to establish a joint venture to build an industrial facility for chemical recycling in North Sea Port in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

The planned North Sea Port facility is intended to be the starting point of joint global chemical recycling activities, built upon the advancement of the thermochemical liquefaction technology of US-based Alterra Energy, an innovative chemical recycling technology company that Neste acquired a minority stake in at the beginning of this year.

Combining expertise along the value chain

This strategic partnership combines Ravago’s expertise in the mechanical preparation of plastic waste, Alterra Energy’s proprietary liquefaction technology, and Neste’s expertise in the processing of hydrocarbons.

Neste and Ravago are aiming for the first industrial chemical recycling site in North Sea Port in Vlissingen with an annual processing capacity of about 55 000 tonnes of mixed plastic waste.

The long-term aspiration of the partners is to significantly increase the processing capacity on a global scale and continuously develop the joint venture into a global leader for the chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste.

We are truly excited about the progress of our joint project work. By fixing the investment location and scope, we are again one step closer to turning our dream into reality. Together with Neste, we have the necessary ingredients for a successful recipe to create scalable solutions, converting non-recyclable waste streams into valuable end products, said Theo Roussis, CEO at Ravago.

Logical next step in cooperation between Ravago and Neste

According to Neste, this targeted investment, the value of which has not been disclosed, is the consistent continuation of the fast-paced progress in the cooperation between the partners.

In 2019, Neste and Ravago set a joint target to reach the capacity to process over 200 000 tonnes of mixed waste plastic per year by 2030. Ever since, the companies have evaluated technologies, the raw material market, and built joint business cases to develop chemical recycling capacities.

Already in 2020, Neste successfully conducted the first of several industrial trials with liquefied waste plastic at its oil refinery in Finland.

Chemical recycling has been a promising technology to accelerate the creation of a circular economy for quite a while. Now, it is time to take it to the next level and turn the promise into an industrial solution. By combining the expertise of Ravago and Neste, we have the means to rapidly implement the technology to start production at a commercial scale. With joint and dedicated efforts, we can bring together the know-how along the entire value chain to turn waste into valuable resources. Our ambition is clear: to be a global leader in renewable and circular solutions, said Mercedes Alonso, EVP, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals at Neste.

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