Plastics-to-liquid project in Dubai enters FEED stage

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DUBAL Holding, Quantafuel and BASF are moving to the front-end engineering and design (FEED) stage on the plant for chemical recycling of waste plastics in Dubai

After a six-month feasibility study where the main design parameters have been defined and the site and feedstock secured, the project is now entering the FEED stage with BASF as partner for the new phase of the project. A potential final investment decision (FID) is targeted for early 2023.

The plastics-to-liquid (PtL) project will be a significant step towards a circular economy converting low-quality, non-recyclable plastics into valuable products, thus helping Dubai achieve its objective of zero waste going to landfill by 2030.

The partners have agreed to cooperate and share the cost for the development of the plant based on the learnings from and optimisation of Quantafuel’s first full-scale commercial plant in Skive, Denmark. Italian engineering and construction major Saipem has been chosen as the FEED service provider. The FEED for the development of the 80,000 tonnes per year plant will be done in 2022, with the potential final investment decision scheduled for early 2023.

Ahmad Hamad Bin Fahad, CEO of DUBAL Holding LLC, said, “This agreement is an important step towards a cooperation that will foster advancement of sustainable technology and help attain circular economy in the UAE. The basis of this agreement is to pursue investments that favour recycling and sustainability in the region. This project is in line with DUBAL Holding’s commitment to invest in promising projects, giving the Emirate a leading position globally in this emerging field.”

Chris Lach, chief commercial officer of Quantafuel ASA said, “It is encouraging to see that this project in Dubai has taken pole position in Quantafuel’s project portfolio. Based on our learnings in Skive and the completed feasibility study, we are pleased that this strong partnership has decided to move forward with FEED towards FID.”

Udo Huenger, vice-president and head of Market Area Middle East, BASF FZE, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to be a partner in this FEED study for the plastics-to-liquid plant in Dubai based on our know-how in the European ChemCyclingTM project. Supporting our technology partner Quantafuel and working with the visionary people at DUBAL Holding to drive Dubai’s vision of zero waste to landfill by 2030, brings us another step closer to a circular economy.”

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