New Hope Energy in Tyler launches plastic recycling expansion - Tyler Morning Telegraph

New Hope Energy in Tyler launches plastic recycling expansion – Tyler Morning Telegraph

Tyler-based New Hope Energy will expand its plastic recycling facility into what it says will be the world’s largest pyrolysis process, using a high-temperature process to break down plastic so it can be recycled.

New Hope turns plastic waste into a product approved for use in the food packaging industry.

“We’ve been in Tyler for the past few years with a commercial operation going on,” said Tom Sheehy of New Hope Energy. The company’s founder, Johnny Combs, began developing the technology New Hope uses 10 years ago.

“What this means is that this is a certified product going back to the circular economy to produce more plastic,” Shehey said. “It’s very environmentally friendly.”

Expansion was in the works but was further supported after an agreement with TotalEnergies. The company, which is headquartered in Paris, describes itself as a “multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil, biofuels, natural gas, green gases, renewables and electricity.” TotalEnergies will partially purchase New Hope’s recycled plastic waste and convert it into “high-quality polymers” that can be used in food packaging.

New Hope’s patented pyrolysis was developed jointly with Houston-based Lummus Technology.

“The ability to effectively and economically convert waste plastics into thermal oil for further use is a critical step in achieving a truly circular economy,” said Leon de Bruyne, President and CEO of Lummus Technology.

Sheehe said New Hope is expected to be able to process 50 tons of plastic per day by the end of the year. New Hope’s material operations come in part from the Tyler City recycling program but largely from “big brand” consumer product manufacturers and retail distributors.

“With this expansion, we will be able to move to 500 tons per day,” he said.

Employment will grow as well. They are now 60, and Shehey said that will grow by 100 to 150 employees.

“We turn our waste into a more usable product than anyone else,” at 97%, he said, describing the process as “highly scalable.” “Our model is able to grow.”

The expanded plant is expected to start production in 2025.

“We are pleased to partner with New Hope Energy, which offers promising technology and scalability. This new project is another tangible and significant step taken by TotalEnergies to meet the challenge of recycling plastics and achieve our goal of producing 30% circular polymers by 2030”

“The construction project will be gigantic,” Shehe said.

New Hope hired S&B Engineers and Constructors in Houston to oversee engineering, procurement, and construction for the expansion.

“We are excited to partner with New Hope to advance their advanced recycling capacity for solutions to plastic waste,” said Ray Sherman, Head of Industrial, Energy and Transition Business Unit at S&B. “S&B remains at the forefront of energy conversion projects due to our engineering expertise and ability to deliver safely on time and within budget.”

The important thing about the project and the work New Hope is doing, Shehey said, is that it keeps these materials out of landfills.

The guiding director for the founder of the company, Shehe said, is to “protect the kingdom that the Lord has given us.”

This is our effort to make it a clean world and to protect the kingdom,” Shihe said. “This is our founding principle and everything we do is guided by that.”

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