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AkzoNobel, Enerkem Form Waste-to-Chemicals Partnership

AkzoNobel has partnered with Enerkem and other companies to explore the use of waste streams as a feedstock for chemical production and the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities.

The collaboration includes several industry and semi-governmental partners looking to benefit from Enerkem’s proprietary technology that converts waste into synthesis gas — a common starting material for products such as methanol and ammonia.

Aimed at closing the loop by converting waste back into useful products, the initial partners are AkzoNobel, Enerkem, the investment and development agency for the Northern Netherlands (NOM), Groningen Seaports, Rotterdam Partners and InnovationQuarter. The partners plan to test various local waste streams, including residual municipal and agricultural waste.

The companies say the goal is to create a group of partners that all make a contribution: waste management companies to provide the waste feedstock and processing capacity, financial parties to arrange funding, end-use chemical companies to handle production and customer sales, and government to facilitate regional investment. Other interested parties are also welcome to join the collaboration.

Within the next two to three years, the partners aim to have a plant in Delfzijl or Rotterdam (or both) become the first in Europe to utilize the new technology.

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