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September 29, 2020

Webinar - Olefins from Mixed Plastic Waste: Are Thermolysis Routes Viable?

Olefins from Mixed Plastic Waste –Are Thermolysis Routes Viable?

Note, this Webinar was held on the 29th September - if you missed it you can Contact Us for further information or watch the webinar recording by clicking on the link below.


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Recycling of plastics in general, but particularly of mixed plastics waste, has been extremely challenging.  The poor profitability in recycling other plastics (e.g., other than PET and HDPE) appears to be a long-term structural issue. Therefore, companies have turned to recycling these materials as feedstocks as possible means of utilizing a commingled plastics steam.  It is for this reason that thermal conversion processes such as pyrolysis and gasification are being developed to use mixed plastic waste for the production of fuels or chemicals.  

However, according to EU waste legislation, plastic waste is only considered recycled if it is reprocessed into new materials that are not used as fuel.  This has generated a shift in tertiary recycling technology development from a focus on plastics-to-fuel to a focus on plastics-to-chemicals and plastics-to-plastics.



This Webinar will address key questions:

  • What is the new focus of thermolysis technologies?
  • Where is the best place to build a thermolysis plant?
  • What are the major pros and cons for using mixed plastics waste thermolysis processes for the production of olefins?
  • What to expect for thermolysis in the near term?
  • Are thermolysis routes viable for producing olefins from mixed plastics waste?


Please register below:

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2PM BST

If you have any questions regarding the Webinar or would like to submit questions in advance, then please don't hesitate to get in contact.


About Us - NexantECA, the Energy and Chemicals Advisory company is the leading advisor to the energy, refining, and chemical industries. Our clientele ranges from major oil and chemical companies, governments, investors, and financial institutions to regulators, development agencies, and law firms. Using a combination of business and technical expertise, with deep and broad understanding of markets, technologies and economics, NexantECA provides solutions that our clients have relied upon for over 50 years.

About the Presenters:

Marisabel DolanSenior Consultant and  Luann FarrellManaging Consultant

Luann has over 30 years of consulting and industry experience, while Marisabel has 14 years of consulting experience. Together they have co-authored several recycling multiclient reports that have focused on chemical recycling of mixed plastics waste. Each has also participated in several world-wide studies involving commercial and market analysis, technology evaluations, and strategic planning for several petrochemicals and renewables including olefins, PET, and polyolefins.





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