The Secretary-General of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), Dr. Abdul-Wahab Al-Saadoun, said in an interview with Al-Arabiya that the main concern of all decision-makers in the petrochemical industry is the issue of waste, whether plastic or otherwise, and sustainability is transforming waste into an added value.
He added that plastic recycling has two ways, whether mechanically or chemically by converting it into petroleum products, and for the mechanical recycling process to be economically feasible, there are several steps required in the matter of assembly and separation of products, and the environment itself, indicating that awareness of the consumer is missing.
The Secretary-General of GPCA explained that some plastic products are 100% recyclable, while some products are not suitable for some uses, because there is plastic that can be recycled more than once and after it becomes non-recyclable, it can be used as fuel to generate electricity instead of Burial in cemeteries.
He continued, “Chemical recycling has challenges in terms of economic quality, and the extent to which the resulting products compete with the price of gas.”
Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Saadoun said that there is currently a trend to use renewable energy in the petrochemical industry in companies such as SABIC and ADNOC, and the Gulf petrochemical industry benefits from carbon emissions in the production of some materials, and the emissions can be an added value.
He added that since the middle of the last decade, specifically in 2015, many petrochemical producers in the Gulf region have invested in carbon sequestration and using it as an input to production, and SABIC has built the largest carbon capture plant in the world with a capacity of 500,000 tons annually and is used as an input to production in another company, and its ability to absorb carbon is equivalent to planting 11 A million trees can absorb this amount of carbon, and these steps were initiated by the Gulf countries, including Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, and the technology is economically feasible, as it is used as an input to produce some materials, and these are opportunities that are expected to expand in the future.