A plant to produce fuel from waste plastics is to be built in Bristol.
Cynar plc, which developed the technology, has awarded a £7 million contract to Rockwell Automation to design and build the plant for recycling and resource management company SITA UK, a Cynar customer and partner in the development.
Cynar has a demonstration plant in Portlaoise, Ireland, which it has used to test and improve its process for converting end-of-life plastics into fuel, mainly diesel.
“Our technology represents a unique and profitable way to significantly decrease the amount of end-of-life plastics that are disposed in landfills and incinerators,” said Michael Murray, Cynar plc CEO and chairman.
“Rockwell Automation strengthens our technology by providing complete design, engineering life cycle maintenance, and local support.
“We’ll have a process technology solution that will enable us to rapidly deploy our technology globally.”
“This win is significant for us in the waste-to-energy market,” said Terry Gebert, vice president and general manager, Rockwell Automation Global Solutions.
“It includes the design and build of process skids, automation architecture, software, power control and engineering/startup services in one fully integrated solution, using our PlantPAx process automation system.”
Rockwell Automation has worked with Cynar over the past two years developing the engineering, modularisation and process improvements of the plastic to fuel conversion plant.
This new contract covers the design and build phase of the project.