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Waste-to-diesel process gains ground in Europe

A process for turning plastics waste into diesel fuel is expected to make its debut in Europe this year.

Last week Dutch firm EnvoSmart Technologies signed a deal with Australian plant supplier Ozmotech to build as many as 31 production lines across Europe.

Envosmart chairman John Bouterse said: “We will start building a first production line near Berlin, Germany. This project, requiring an investment of E40m is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2007.”

EnvoSmart is linked to UK company Cynar that also plans to open its first facility later this year.
Cynar chairman Michael Murray told the company was currently choosing a site in either Scotland or southern Ireland to house its first plastics-to-diesel plant also using the Ozmotech machinery.

“We are getting the first plant in August and should be switched on in the third quarter,” he said.

The technology has been used in Japan for over a decade and Murray said it was able to produce diesel to the quality found on the forecourt. The first plant is expected to consume around 6,800 tonnes of plastics waste a year and produce 6 million litres of diesel.

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