Nexus and Shell sign strategic supply agreement to scale up commercial production of chemicals from plastic waste
Nov 19, 2020
Nexus Fuels LLC (Nexus) and Shell today announce a supply agreement, for 60,000 tonnes over four years, of pyrolysis liquid made from plastic waste, which is then converted into chemical products. Nexus, a leader in plastic waste molecular recycling, will supply fully circular, ISCC Plus-certified product from its plant in Atlanta.
This enhanced collaboration follows a year of continuous, high-quality supply to Shell’s chemical plant in Norco, Louisiana, USA, where it has been used in the liquid cracker to make chemicals that are the raw materials for everyday items. The new agreement builds on that success and on a common desire to find solutions to plastic waste pollution and progressing a low-carbon future. It is a next step towards Shell’s ambitionto use one million tonnes of plastic waste a year in its global chemical plants by 2025.
Jeff Gold, Nexus Chief Executive Officer, said“We appreciate Shell’s support of Nexus to convert waste plastics to virgin-molecule feedstocks and back into chemical products. Their teams have been great partners and share our philosophy and vision for improving our environment.”
Thomas Casparie, Executive Vice President of Shell’s global chemicals business, said “Real-world, in-plant testing and application is key to proving technologies and scaling up production of chemicals from plastic waste. This new supply agreement with Nexus is built on that solid foundation and is a positive step towards providing our customers with bigger volumes of sustainable, circular chemicals.”
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Nexus, based in Atlanta, GA, is an end-to-end plastics recycling business – an operational, commercially scaled, continuous system. TheNexus Fuels plant in Atlanta is the first multi-polymer pyrolysis operation in the US to receive ISCC Plus certification. Nexus has developed a very efficient system built at low capital cost and without a need for catalysts or post-processing, yielding clean, ISCC Plus on-specification outputs. Nexus is passionate about the environment. Nexus’ process is environmentally friendly, designed end-to-end including software, front-end feedstock processing, comprehensive regulatory approvals, in-depth training programs, and strategic pricing/positioning guided by financially driven metrics. Nexus’ operating philosophy is founded on the principle for any recycling solution to succeed it must be sustainable, technically proven at scale, and operate as a robust business without incentives/grants, without causing harm to the environment.
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More information can be found in the video and animation.
Plastic Waste to Chemicals
Title: Shell Plastics Video
Video showing how Shell is using plastic waste to create a valuable base chemical for feedstock.
Shell is working with companies in the U.S. to source plastic waste and using a process called pyrolysis, is turning this waste into an oil that will be used to create a feedstock for future products.
Shell Plastic waste to video Video Transcript
[Background music plays]
Shell music bed from Creative Hub: Inspiring_Confident_A_Main_Track
Combination of stock videos that support the recycling, plastic waste messaging as well as owned video footage of Norco Facility and Nexus Fuels facility.
If you think about it,
ideas can be a form of energy.
They can drive action. Spur results.
Even make the world a better place.
And Shell is part of such an idea:
Turning plastic waste into something valuable – raw materials for chemicals.
It takes innovation and commitment to bring that idea to life.
We have both.
We’re teaming up with innovative companies that collect and transform plastic waste to liquid.
We then use it to produce chemicals.
Chemicals used by our customers to make things like furniture, medical equipment, home appliances, and even smartphones.
It’s not just an idea on paper:
We are making this a reality today at our Norco chemical plant in the United States.
This process is unlocking the potential of plastic waste to create a circular value chain
And it’s our global ambition to use 1 million tonnes of recycled plastic waste in our chemical plants by 2025
Yes, ideas can be a form of energy.
And when we all work together, these ideas have the power to bring about significant change.
The Circular Process of Recycling Plastic Waste
Title: Project Yellow
Description: A short animation depicting the circular process of recycling plastic waste.
A rotating circular band appears on screen which is divided in to segments with pointers directed to the right indicating a constantly moving circular process. There is text in the centre.
[On Screen text]
Shell is using a feedstock made from plastic waste to create chemicals.
Appearing clockwise in each segment of the circular band, an image appears:
Segment 1 – a car, a football, a plastic bottle, a plastic bag and a laptop.
Segment 2 – A refuse disposal truck.
Segment 3 – Image of a recycling plant.
Segment 4 – Image of a Shell chemicals plant.
Segment 5 – molecular structure with 3 branches coming off it, one to a t-shirt, one to a tyre and one to a plastic bottle.
[On screen text]
How does the process work?
The screen zooms in to the segment 1 image and the image changes to a ‘life’ scene of a house, car, people walking, a male on a bike, children playing football, a high rise building and an aeroplane in the sky.
[On screen text]
Plastics are used in the home, hospitals, electronics, construction, transport, agriculture and sport.
This image reverts back to the original composition of a car, a football, a plastic bottle, a plastic bag and a laptop.
The screen then zooms in to the image of the refuse truck which picks up a refuse bin, tips the contents in to the truck and then drives away.
[On screen text]
Plastic waste is collected and sorted.
The refuse truck drives towards the recycling plant image.
[On screen text]
The plastic waste is chemically recycled…..
The image of the recycling plant enlarges on screen as arrows move from left to right above the building.
[On screen text]
…using a special heating process called pyrolysis, turning it into a liquid.
The image of a Shell chemicals plant appears on screen.
[On screen text]
This liquid is used in a cracker at a Shell chemicals plant.
Multiple images of rotating molecular structures appear on screen.
[On screen text]
This produces a range of chemicals.
These are used by customers to make thousands of final products we see every day, including plastics.
Around one of the molecular structures appears images of a t-shirt, a laptop, a tyre, a can of paint and a paintbrush, a plastic bottle and a washing machine.
The screen zooms out to show the circular process image depicted at the beginning of the video.
This then fades out.
[On screen text]
Shell’s ambition is to use one million tonnes of plastic waste a year in its global chemical plants by 2025.
A closing screen shows the Shell pectin.
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