Construction of a hydrothermal plastic recycling facility from ReNew ELP is set to begin shortly on Teesside.
ReNew ELP has appointed global consulting and engineering firm Wood to build the plant, with work expected to start later in the spring.
Able to recycle 80,000 tonnes of waste plastic, including films, pots, tubs and trays, the plant uses a process developed by ReNew ELP’s parent company Mura Technology called HydroPRS.
Initially, one line processing 20,000 tonnes will be constructed and opening in 2022 with a further three lines to follow soon after.
HydroPRS uses water in the form of supercritical steam to convert plastics back into the chemicals and oils from which they were made.
The plant will be situated on the site of the former Invista Textiles plant at Wilton International on Teesside.
ReNew ELP managing director Richard Daley said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Wood, which marks one of the most significant stages in this vitally importat project.
“We’ll soon see construction start on the plant, which will be the first kind in the world. This milestone, coupled with the Teesside plans announced recently by the Chancellor (Teesside will be one of a number of Freeports), makes this a very exciting time for ReNew ELP and its partners. The development of this first site marks a landmark event for both the recycling industry and environment.”