Technip Energies says it has signed an agreement with Encina Development Group to deliver the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of the fluidised bed catalytic pyrolysis reaction section for Encina’s commercial plastic fluid catalytic cracking (PFCC) unit to produce circular chemicals from plastic waste in North America.
Encina utilises a proprietary process to convert post-consumer scrap plastic to valuable circular chemical products. The process, called PFCC, converts mixed hard-to-recycle plastics into petrochemical feedstock such as light olefins and BTX aromatics. These circular feedstock chemicals can be seamlessly dropped into the fabrication process of new consumer products, reducing the need for virgin materials, and significantly reducing waste plastics.
This FEED will leverage Technip Energies’ industry credentials and know-how in fluidised design, established in the process technology FCC program. Technip Energies has an extensive portfolio of licensed and engineered FCC units, including more than 60 grassroots and 250 revamps, demonstrating its process and mechanical design experience. The company’s development team is committed to ongoing development initiatives in providing technology and engineering solutions to support the industry and its energy transition targets.
Bhaskar Patel, Senior Vice President Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals and Circularity, commented: “We are very pleased to be working with Encina on this first-ever commercial PFCC. As the industry explores ways to reduce its environmental footprint, this project brings an important circular economy solution to petrochemicals, recycling plastic wastes to create feedstock.”
Carlo Badiola, Senior VP of Engineering and Technology at Encina, stated: “We selected the FEED platform because of Technip Energies’ leading expertise in fluidized bed design and engineering. We will combine both companies’ extensive knowledge of materials processing and our experience with plastics in related monomers and catalysts. Through this collaboration, we are reinforcing our commitment to producing high-quality circular chemicals for our customers.”