An upcoming Suez Environnement plant in Avonmouth that employs new technology to convert end-of-life plastics into fuel has encountered further delays.
Commercial operations were expected to start in the spring, but the official opening has now been put back until a tentative date at the end of the summer.
Suez Environnement (then Sita UK) originally announced the construction of 10 plants in 2010, with the first to go into operation by the end of 2011 in partnership with Cynar.
However, construction started on a single plant in late 2011 and Cynar is no longer involved.
When built, the Avonmouth facility will have the capacity to convert 6,000 tonnes of non-bottle plastics, such as yoghurt pots and meat trays, into 4.2 million litres of diesel per year.
A Suez spokesman said that although the facility was not yet fully operational, it is producing diesel fuel to specifications.
“In industrialising the operation, we have introduced a significant number of process and equipment improvements but, as with any research and development project, this learning and adaptation process has caused some delays to our original self-imposed timescales,” Suez said.
“Further process and energy-efficiency improvements will inevitably be made to the plant. However, we have now reached the stage at which commercial discussions with potential partners are underway. We look forward to formally launching the facility in due course.”