22 September 1998 16:57 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--BP Chemicals, waste management company Shanks & McEwan, packaging waste compliance scheme Valpak and public funding facilitators Score Environment have signed an agreement formalising their roles in a £300 000 ($504 000) study to examine the feasibility of building a polymer cracking plant for waste plastics.
Proposals to study the commercial viability of building a plastics waste-to-chemical feedstock plant at BP's refinery complex in Grangemouth, Scotland were disclosed earlier this year.
BP said Tuesday that the four participants have set up working groups to establish the kind of waste required and its availability, determine the best waste management process, examine provisional site requirements and evaluate plant feedstock.
Results of the feasibility study are expected by next March. If favourable, a second phase would finalise all research and development details prior to designing and building a commercial plant capable of recycling 25 000 tonne/year of mixed waste plastic.
BP said the project is intended to assist in meeting the UK's 2001 plastics recycling targets which include the recycling of 15% of all plastics packaging waste during that year.
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