Europe’s first waste to methanol plant to open in Rotterdam


Plans have been revealed which will see Europe’s first waste to methanol plant opened in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam signed a project development agreement last month with an initial investment of €9m ($11m). The final investment decision, worth €200m ($246m), will be made later this year.

The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for non-recyclables wastes, converting waste plastics and other mixed wastes into new raw materials.

It will convert up to 360,000 tonnes of waste into 220,000 tonnes (270 million litres) of ‘green’ methanol. As an equivalent, this represents the total annual waste of more than 700,000 households and represents a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission savings of about 300,000 tonnes.

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