Port of Rotterdam joins waste to syngas project
The Port of Rotterdam joins a Dutch project group to investigate the possibillities to use waste to make feedstock for chemical products. late last year. The group was, late 2014, initially formed by AkzoNobel, Canadian company Enerkem and four regional partners. The first European plant based on Enerkem’s technology could be situated in the Rotterdam port area.
The participants aim to use Enerkem’s technology to manufacture synthesis gas from domestic and other waste and use it as a feedstock for making products such as methanol and ammonia. The public-private partnership will study the options for setting up Europe’s first plant, either in Rotterdam or Delfzijl. The partners will publish the results of the study later this year.
Together, the 14 partners have all the expertise needed to make the initiative a success, from waste collection to conversion to industrial plants and sales. The primary aim is to use Enerkem’s proven conversion process to turn domestic and other waste into useful products.