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As part of its ambition to produce 30% circular* polymers by 2030, TotalEnergies is at the forefront of the development of advanced recycling through pyrolysis of plastics waste that would otherwise have been landfilled or incinerated. Polymers coming from this process belong to TotalEnergies RE:use range.  

*Circular = recycled or renewable 

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France’s first announced advanced recycling plant 

TotalEnergies will be constructing France’s first advanced recycling plant with Plastic Energy (TotalEnergies 60% / Plastic Energy 40%) in Grandpuits, with a processing capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year. 

This plant will convert plastic wastes into pyrolysis oil which will then be used as feedstock for the production of polymers with identical properties to virgin polymers.

In particular, they will be suitable for use in food-grade applications, enabling full circularity for plastics.  

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Partnership with Honeywell in Spain

The agreement to promote the development of advanced plastic recycling was announced early 2022.

Under this agreement, Honeywell will supply TotalEnergies with Recycled Polymer Feedstock (RPF) using Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology at the recently announced Honeywell and Sacyr advanced recycling plant, intended to be built in Andalucía, Spain.

TotalEnergies will purchase and convert this raw material into virgin-quality polymers, which could be used for food-grade packaging and other high demanding applications.

The plant, which will be owned by a joint venture between Honeywell and Sacyr, is planned to convert yearly 30,000 tons of mixed plastic waste that may otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration.

The projected startup of the UpCycle plant is expected in 2023, with the resulting pyrolysis oil to be used for the manufacturing of high-quality polymers in TotalEnergies’ European-based production units. 

 

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Partnership with Plastic Energy in Spain

In the frame of Plastic Energy’s plan to build a second advanced recycling plant in Sevilla, Spain, an agreement was announced in which TotalEnergies will convert the produced pyrolysis oil into virgin-quality polymers.

The plant will process 33,000 tons/year of post-consumer end-of-life plastic waste, that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration.

The plant is expected to become operational in early 2025.

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Partnership with Plastic Energy and Freepoint Eco-System in the US

Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies announced a strategic partnership in October 2021 for a similar recycling plant in Texas, U.S.A.

This plant, which is a joint venture between Plastic Energy and Freepoint Eco-systems, will have the capacity to recycle 33,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year, and is expected to be operational by mid-2024.

Under the agreement, TotalEnergies will convert the produced pyrolysis oil in its Texas-based production units.

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Partnership with New Hope Energy in the US

TotalEnergies and New Hope Energy have announced a commercial agreement under which New Hope Energy will build an advanced recycling plant in Texas, U.S.A, to transform end-of-life plastic waste into a recycled feedstock that TotalEnergies will partly purchase and convert into virgin-quality polymers.

The New Hope Energy plant is expected to start production in 2025 and will use a patented pyrolysis technology that was developed in partnership with Lummus Technology to process and convert more than 310,000 tons per year of mixed plastic waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration.

TotalEnergies will use 100,000 tons of this circular feedstock in its Texas-based production units to manufacture high-quality polymers suitable for food-grade applications. 

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