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09-05-2018

Significant Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions

LyondellBasell and Covestro Kick-off Circular Steam Project

LyondellBasell and its joint venture partner Covestro kicked-off a large investment project at their site in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Circular Steam Project incorporates a new technology into the existing production plant to convert its water-based waste into energy. The new installation shall take the site's existing production process to a higher level of efficiency and sustainability, resulting in an overall annual reduction of about 140,000 metric tons CO2 emissions, 0.9 Petajoule of energy and avoiding the release of 11 million kilograms of salt residue into the surface water.

The partners will build a new bio plant and incinerator on the Maasvlakte site, in which the production's waste will be treated and transformed into steam. The steam will be used as an energy source in the existing on-site production plant, thus making it a circular process. The construction will employ about 71 people full-time; the new facilities will eventually provide permanent positions for 11 full-time employees.

The project is an important contribution to the Dutch government's CO2 reduction targets. Jean Gadbois, Senior Vice President Manufacturing Europe, Asia and International of LyondellBasell: "The Dutch government's support is pivotal to the viability of innovative projects like this Circular Steam Project, which will allow us to realize an annual CO2 reduction equal to taking 31,000 cars off the road and will contribute to yearly energy savings equaling the electricity use of the city of Breda's 90,000 households. This is a great step in advancing towards a more sustainable production."

Additional information
  • Covestro Deutschland AG

    Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 60
    DE 51373 Leverkusen
    Tel.: 0214 60092000
  • LyondellBasell Industries

    Industriepark Hoechst
    DE 65926 Frankfurt
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