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Ecolab launches technology platform for advanced recycled-plastic feedstocks

By Mary Page Bailey |

Nalco Water, Ecolab’s water and process management business for industrial customers, has launched a new program for refineries, ethylene producers and chemical recyclers of plastic waste. The program offers an end-to-end suite of chemistries and field expertise that are unique to the downstream energy and chemical markets. 

Nalco Water’s new program offers several solutions that make the production of pyrolysis oil easier while also helping with feedstock flowability and stability as it is transported, stored and processed.

“The Advanced Recycling for Plastics program offers strong value for ethylene producers that are using recycled plastic feedstock as a way to implement more sustainable solutions,” said Calvin Emanuel, VP, Strategy, Primary Resources Sector. “Human desire for more ecofriendly energy solutions is driving fundamental change in the marketplace, and Nalco Water can help support our customers along their transformational journey with the solutions in this new program.” 

Nalco Water has already leveraged existing partnerships with major ethylene producers and advanced recyclers of plastic waste in North America and Europe. Early trials with the solutions have successfully enabled companies to process the recycled plastic feedstock, which has been shown to significantly reduce carbon emissions over other traditional feedstocks, such as petroleum naphtha.

The Nalco Water program is a holistic suite of offerings that help ethylene producers and refiners use existing infrastructure when processing pyrolysis oil. The solutions enable companies to preserve their existing equipment, which necessitates lower capital costs than retrofitting their operations for feedstock transportation. Additionally, the solutions that help with feedstock stability and flowability as it is stored and processed protect refining and chemical processing infrastructure from scaling and corrosion. 

The program brings a tailored approach to the industry and includes:

  • Chemical solutions to help with the production, storage and transportation of recycled plastic feedstock
  • Consulting on program implementation, seasonal variabilities, asset protection and future scaling potential
  • Continuous research and development to optimize operations

“This program offers several services and technologies that improve processes and overall operational reliability, but we are choosing to focus on the end results,” Emanuel said. “Ecolab is committed to help our customers along their net zero journey, and our concentration on the tangible results that advanced plastics recycling solutions bring to ethylene producers is a significant step forward towards their objectives.”

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