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Lummus Technology and MOL Group to advance waste plastic recycling

Lummus Technology and MOL Group to advance waste plastic recycling
Lummus Technology LLC and MOL Group agree to cooperate in the deployment and integration of chemical recycling of plastics at MOL Group's assets in Hungary and Slovakia (photo courtesy Lummus Technology).

US-headed Lummus Technology LLC, a global provider of process technologies and value-driven energy solutions, and Hungary-headed MOL Group, a leading integrated Central Eastern European oil and gas corporation, have announced their agreement to cooperate in the deployment and integration of chemical recycling of plastics at MOL Group's assets in Hungary and Slovakia.

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Chemical recycling of plastics is part of MOL Group’s commitment to collect close to 5 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW), which includes treatment and related investments.

MOL Group and Lummus have a long track record of successful collaboration in various technology areas, and we are proud to now partner with MOL again to address a critical challenge for our industry and society. Both organizations are playing a leadership role in the circular economy, and by joining hands we will help further develop and deploy sustainable solutions to recycle plastic waste, said Leon de Bruyn, President and CEO of Lummus Technology.

Increase recycled plastics capacity

MOL Group has committed to driving circularity and has recently invested in addressing waste plastics recycling in Central Europe.

With a total annual capacity of 40 000 tonnes, MOL can offer a wide range of sustainable compounds for various industries, including the automotive, construction, building, and packaging sectors.

The company’s aim is to build a production portfolio of more than 100 000 tonnes of recycled plastic materials.

We’re thrilled to extend our cooperation with Lummus in a field that largely contributes to our strategic goals of reaching net zero by 2050. MOL Group is actively building a strong plastic recycling and waste integration portfolio as we are aware of its crucial role in the circular economy, and sustainable business models require such a mindset that considers everything as raw material and potential energy source. The waste plastic pyrolysis technology and Lummus’ expertise will help us to optimize our value chain, and make our business more sustainable said Gabriel Szabó, EVP of MOL Group Downstream.

Char-free pyrolysis technology

Lummus’ Green Circle business unit will provide MOL Group with its advanced waste plastic pyrolysis technology, which effectively converts plastic waste into high-value chemicals and feedstocks, creating circularity.

This technology is a proven, reliable, economically attractive solution to address the global plastic waste problem, which offers additional environmental benefits such as a lower carbon footprint and the elimination of char production.

Lummus will also provide its experience and expertise in steam cracking, catalytic cracking, and residue processing technology to ensure that integration with MOL Group’s existing assets is optimized.

Green Circle concentrates and expands Lummus Technology’s capabilities to capture new opportunities in the energy transition and circular economy.

Green Circle is a leader in providing economically and technically sound solutions to process solid wastes containing plastics; process various renewable bio-based feedstocks to value-added chemicals, polymers, and fuels; decarbonize refinery and petrochemicals assets; and expand production of blue hydrogen and biofuels.

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