An agreement for a waste to methanol plant in Rotterdam was announced earlier this week. Enerkem that already have similar production plants in Canada is a partner in the project. Other partners include AkzoNobel and Air Liquide that will also supply hydrogen and oxygen for the production. 

The production capacity is cited as 220 000 mt of methanol. Non-recyclable waste and plastics is used as feedstock for the methanol. 

Enerkem have a similar plant in Canada and also produce ethanol. The waste is used to produced syn gas that is synthesized to methanol. For ethanol production the synthesis is taken one step further with methanol as an intermediate step. 

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