Successful production test gives green light to BlueAlp investors

Successful production test gives green light to BlueAlp investors

An installation that can process plastic waste into pure ‘circular oil’ on a major scale has been produced by BlueAlp and Petrogas. This achievement is one that no other business has achieved.

Production of circular plastic eliminates dependence on petroleum and results in a significant reduction in carbon emissions. In recent months, bottlenecks and teething problems have been solved and the recycling plant in Ostend, Belgium is now in full operation.

CTO of BlueAlp, Chris van der Ree, said: “We are now continuously processing 1,400 kilograms of plastic waste per hour. 

“The oil produced is so pure that it can be used immediately for industrial or manufacturing purposes, for example to make new plastic for the food industry. Where competitors worldwide are still struggling with volume and quality, for us this is already an accomplished fact. We are the first to be able to produce on such a large scale that operations are immediately profitable.” 

The installation at the Renasci recycling plant in Ostend in Belgium was brought into operation last September. It has since been in use for more than 2,200 hours, processed more than one million kilograms of plastic, and achieved a consistent yield of more than 76 percent. 

Van der Ree said: “We have always said that we will only offer the concept of our plastic-to-chemicals installation to interested parties once the process is working properly and has proven itself.

“There has been a lot of interest in recent years, but we have held back. We have spent more than 10 years developing and refining this innovative process, so the handover and acceptance of this installation is an amazing milestone, not only for our companies and partners, but especially for the contribution this will make towards a sustainable world.”

This innovative technology shows that circular production works – and it marks a milestone in resolving the worldwide plastic problem. 

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10th June 2021