Agilyx to develop styrene monomer production plant in Oregon

Agilyx Corp., located in Tigard, Oregon, has secured project financing and is proceeding with the construction of a 10 tons-per-day production facility near Portland, Oregon that will convert various types of scrap polystyrene (foam cups, packaging materials and Styrofoam) into a styrene monomer through a proprietary pyrolysis process. The finished product will be a liquid product that will be sold on the open market to refiners.

With this project development launch, Agilyx has expanded its commercial applications to include its first waste polystyrene pyrolysis plant. The plant is targeted to be producing styrene by the second quarter of this year. Ross Patten, CEO of Agilyx, says that the facility will be the first of its kind in North America.

The Agilyx chemical recycling technology returns polystyrene waste to its highest value ? a styrene monomer product that can be blended into the virgin styrene manufacturing cycle. The process transforms previously single-use polystyrene items and a widely used, durable and ubiquitous manufacturing material (styrene) into a resource that can be fully recycled. It is greenhouse gas favorable over traditional styrene manufacturing.

"With global industry leaders at Davos this week endorsing the plan to recycle 70 percent of plastic packaging, we are ready. We're very pleased with the support we're receiving from key industry players to bring this viable economic pathway for reuse of plastic waste to market. Agilyx is excited to be part of a full circle solution that aligns with what's needed so urgently," says Patten.

Patten adds that when the facility is operations it will be the first of its kind in North America and one of the first of its type in the world. The facility also will be flexible enough and have enough tolerances in place to allow the facility to handle as much as five percent contamination without causing any problem with the quality of the finished product.

Areas where Agilyx hopes to tap for the supply of polystyrene will include the food packaging sector and the horticultural sector.

The module on which the 10-ton-per-day operation is built also can be expanded to a 25-ton-a-day or even 50-ton-a-day project, Patten points out. In fact, Patten says that there are possibilities of selling different modules in different regions of the country that may be seeking polystyrene recycling project.

Prior to taking in scrap polystyrene, the Agilyx facility was taking in mixed plastic and converting it into a VGO quality synthetic oil.

» Publication Date: 26/01/2017

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