Norwegian chemical recycler Quantafuel has got the green light from planners for the first of a string of processing plants across the UK.
Sunderland City Council has approved a facility on a 12-acre site at the Port of Sunderland, creating more than 100 permanent jobs. To handle 100 000 tonnes of plastic waste
The plant will take low-value and hard-to-recycle mixed plastic waste from across the north of England in a process which Quantafuel says reduces CO2 emissions by around 70% compared to incineration. Construction is expected to get underway later this year with the plant opening in 2025. Gas generated during the chemical recycling will be used to power the facility.
Quantafuel describes itself as a technology-based recycling company ‘converting waste plastics back into low-carbon synthetic oil products replacing virgin oil products’.
Lars Rosenløv, Quantafuel ceo ,says: ‘We’re planning to build similar plants across the UK but chose Sunderland as our first development site as the port provides an ideal location and the city has a good, skilled workforce that we can draw on.
‘We thank the city council for its welcoming and forward-thinking approach to our proposal and look forward to working with both the council and the local community as we create a plant we hope will become a key part of Sunderland’s future ambitious growth and Net Zero plans.’