Finland – Neste has concluded a series of industrial-scale processing runs at its refinery in Porvoo, Finland. The runs, conducted in the latter half of 2023, marked a pivotal moment for Neste, doubling its total processing of liquefied waste plastic to over 6,000 tons.
Notably, the largest run in 2023 surpassed 2,000 tons for the first time, producing high-quality, ISCC PLUS certified material for the creation of new plastics. The recent increase in processing volumes underscores Neste’s commitment to scaling up chemical recycling as a crucial contributor to the circularity of plastics.
The current processing runs utilize Neste’s existing refinery equipment, serving as a precursor to achieving the capability for continuous commercial processing. To facilitate this, a new facility is under construction at Neste’s Porvoo refinery, dedicated to upgrading 150,000 tons of liquefied waste plastic annually. This initiative is part of the first phase of Neste’s EU Innovation Fund-backed PULSE project, involving a substantial investment of 111 million euros. Anticipated to conclude in the first half of 2025, the PULSE project aims to establish an annual capacity to process a remarkable 400,000 tons of liquefied waste plastic.
Advancing sustainable practices
Neste ensures a consistent supply of liquefied waste plastic through collaborations with various suppliers. Beyond contributing to the evolution of chemical recycling on a broader scale, processing liquefied waste plastic aligns with Neste’s overarching goal of transforming its Porvoo refinery into a renewable and circular solutions site. This strategic move reiterates Neste’s dedication to advancing sustainable practices and echoes its commitment to environmental stewardship.