Oil and chemical firm TotalEnergies is to construct a mechanical plastic recycling unit at its Grandpuits site near Paris.
The facility will accompany the previously announced building of a sustainable aviation fuel and biome thane production unit on the same site. There will also be a 15,000 tonnes chemical recycling plant at the location.
Expected to enter service in 2026, the new mechanical facility will produce 30,000 tonnes of high value added compounds containing up to 50% recycled plastics. It will target the high performing packaging market, in particular pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
TotalEnergies president Refining & Chemicals Bernard Pinatel said: “This investment is great news for the local area and represents another milestone for the zero-crude platform at Grandpuits.
“The investment in this plastic recycling unit is entirely consistent with the company’s ambition to grow the circular economy and will contribute to the objective of reaching 1 million tonnes of circular polymers by 2030.
“By developing all these projects at the Grandpuits zero-crude platform, the company can confirm it will maintain 250 jobs at the site, honoring the commitments that it made in September 2020.”