Valoriza launches the first phase of the plastic waste recovery plant in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz)

Valoriza Servicios Medioambientales, subsidiary of Sacyr, in association with Cassandra Oil AB and in collaboration with other companies, has today launched the first phase of the “Dehesa Bolaños” plastic waste recovery plant in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz) following an investment of 7 million euros.

The plant, which will treat plastic waste and used tyres, will be able to handle 24,000 tonnes of waste each year, turning it into fuel of high commercial value. The technology, which pertains to Cassandra Oil, has never before been used in Spain. From a renewable source, it produces contaminant-free fuel that is environmentally friendly and minimises the emission of pollutants. This totally enclosed process involves no pollutant emission of any kind. What is more, it minimises the issue of plastic waste disposal.

The plant will have two 600E reactors. The first will be installed during the initial testing phase, which is due to continue until the end of the year. This will be followed by the
experimental phase II, which is expected to end in June 2015. The second reactor will beinstalled during phase III and begin functioning in July 2015 following an investment of
4.5 million euros. The plant will ultimately be able to treat 24,000 tonnes of waste each year.

The recovery process is based on a patented reactor technology that allows the use of “cat cracking”, i.e. it breaks down the link between hydrocarbon chains, thus creating petroleum spirits. The official launch held today at the plant was attended by the Regional Government of Andalusia’s delegate in Cadiz, Fernando López Gil; the CEO of Valoriza, Fernando Lozano, and the Chairman of Cassandra Oil, Erik Nerpin; along with prominent figures from the Regional Government of Andalusia and Jerez de la Frontera City Council.