BP Pens Offtake Agreement For Fuels Made From Waste Plastic

Oil & Gas

Oil supermajor BP has signed a ten-year offtake agreement with Clean Planet Energy, a UK-based company developing facilities to convert hard-to-recycle waste plastics into circular petrochemical feedstocks and into ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD).

Under the new agreement, BP will initially receive the output of Clean Planet Energy’s first facility, currently under construction in Teesside in the north-east of England.

The Teesside facility is designed to have the capacity to process 20,000 tons a year of waste plastics into naphtha and ULSD. The naphtha can be utilized as feedstock into circular plastics value chains, which is aligned with BP’s aim of unlocking new sources of value through circularity, keeping products and materials in use for longer.

Clean Planet Energy will provide BP with the opportunity to expand the relationship by offtaking products from its future plants beyond Teesside.

BP is already leading a series of major hydrogen and carbon capture and storage projects being developed in and around Teesside that will support decarbonization of the region’s industries.

Clean Planet Energy designs and builds facilities – which they refer to as ecoPlants – that are expected to process plastics typically rejected by traditional recycling centers and so would otherwise be sent to landfill or incineration.

The firm is currently in the process of developing 12 of its ecoPlants globally. From these facilities alone, the company aims to divert 250,000 tons of hard-to-recycle waste plastic annually from landfills and the environment, creating more than 700 green jobs in local communities.

Clean Planet Energy plans to announce further ecoPlants in the UK, EU, Southeast Asia, and the Americas later this year.

“This long-term agreement with Clean Planet Energy for the offtake of naphtha will help BP unlock new sources of value through circularity, while helping divert plastic waste away from landfill, incineration, and the environment. Clean Planet Energy’s first facility in Teesside should help accelerate this journey,” Sven Boss-Walker, SVP of Refining & Products Trading at BP, said.

“We set out to find an international energy company to work with that we felt understood our vision. bp not only put sustainability performance at the heart of their discussions with us from day one, but their global-leading refining and trading businesses means our naphtha product can have an impact in helping to advance a circular economy,” Katerina Garyfalou, Director of Business Development at Clean Planet Energy, added.

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