PLASTIC ENERGY TAC Plant, Netherlands
Diverting plastic waste away from landfill, incineration and our oceans.
PLASTIC ENERGY is building a new plant in the Netherlands to use its patented Thermal Anaerobic Conversion (TAC) technology to convert end-of-life plastics into recycled oils to create clean recycled materials.
Location: Geleen, Netherlands
Date started: 2020
Completion date: 2022
Client type: Real estate
Key services: Advisory, controls and performance, cost and commercial management, procurement, programme strategy and set up, project management
A circular economy of plastic creates value from all plastic waste produced. Currently, most plastics follow a linear approach by being incinerated, landfilled, or ending up in our environment. World-leading chemical recycling company PLASTIC ENERGY currently has two plants, in Seville and Almeria in Spain, and is growing as a business, developing new plants and introducing new technological developments.
The company’s new operation in Geleen will receive between 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of plastics each year traditionally considered as difficult to recycle, such as mixed, multi-layer, or low-density plastics.
PLASTIC ENERGY receives mixed municipal waste and initially uses a mechanical process to remove some contaminants such as paper, carton and glass. After isolating mixed plastic of any colour, they melt this plastic at 300-400 degrees celsius to gasify the material and create an optimal hydrocarbon oil, or recycled oil called TACOIL.
Complete programme set-up
We were appointed to set up the complete project on the new facility, including the programme, procurement strategy, value engineering, cost estimating, quantity surveying and project management. We also set up an approach for global programme and project delivery, as well as an integrated project set-up and schedule, and a cost plan within budget.
The facility, which is the largest of its size in the world, is due to be fully operational in 2022.
The recycled oils produced from the chemical recycling of plastic waste can then be used to create virgin-quality recycled plastics.
The new plant in Geleen will contribute to the aims of reducing countries’ dependence on fossil fuels and supporting governments in reaching recycling targets, reducing the CO2 footprint and reaching international sustainability goals.
By 2025, the company plans to convert at least 300,000 tonnes of low-value plastic waste into raw material for new plastic manufacturing.