Repsol will join the Ecoplanta project together with Enerkem, a technology leader based in Montreal, and Spain’s Agbar, a global specialist in water and waste management, to build a plant to convert waste into new chemical products in Tarragona.
Within the framework of the ‘joint venture’ Ecoplanta Molecular Recycling Solutions, the new factory will process some 400,000 tons of non-recyclable municipal solid waste from nearby municipalities and will produce around 220,000 tons of methanol annually. This methanol will be used as a raw material to produce circular materials or advanced biofuels, helping to avoid the emission of some 200,000 tons of CO2 each year and reducing the waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill, as reported today by Repsol.
The plant will be the first to be built on the peninsula of this type and will be managed by Repsol and Agbar, while Enerkem will be the key technology partner. The final investment decision for the project will take place in the first quarter of 2022 and the plant is scheduled to come online in late 2025.