Trienekens S’wak, Shell S’pore to collaborate on chemical recycling of plastic waste

Dr. Hazland (centre) witnessed the exchange of MoU after the signing ceremony between Trienekens Sarawak and Shell Singapore Pte. Ltd while the others look on.

KUCHING, May 26: Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd and Shell Singapore Pte Ltd (SSPL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the chemical recycling of plastic waste.

Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, in a statement today, said the MoU exchange ceremony was held at Trienekens’ Headquarters at Jalan Sungai Tapang today and witnessed by Sarawak’s Deputy Minister for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Dr Hazland Abang Hipni.

Trienekens also said the MoU signing marked a significant development in the region’s sustainability efforts as it charts the way forward towards establishing a circular economy through sound technology and innovation that provides sustainable plastic waste management solutions.

Meanwhile, in congratulating both parties, Dr Hazland said the collaborations within the expert industries are crucial and highly welcomed as they help to realise Sarawak’s ambition and vision to transition the current linear economy into a circular economy.

“With forward-thinking innovations and technology, we can progress towards improved management of resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase economic growth,” he said.

On the same note, Trienekens Group chief executive officer Stephen Chin said as part of its ongoing research and development initiatives, the company has been looking at chemical recycling as a potential recovery method to tackle plastic waste.

“Through this partnership with Shell, we are keen to discover the potential of chemical recycling, both technologically and economically.

“It is a significant avenue that can potentially help spur the circularity of plastic waste and advance the circular economy. In addition, the output can be a possible source of alternative energy and used as secondary raw materials that can add value to our current economy,” he added.

According to Shell’s Vice president for business management Chan Win Sim, aside from the feasibility study and potential collaboration, the assessment will include an economic evaluation of options available for municipal solid waste.

He said they could formulate recommendations to the Sarawak government to support chemical recycling with feasible findings.

“This collaboration is a great example of companies joining forces to address global challenges and contribute to a more sustainable future,” he said.

Chemical recycling of plastic waste is an advanced form of recycling that breaks down plastic waste into its basic chemical building blocks that are then converted to create new plastics, fuels or other chemical products.

The MoU exchange was also attended by the country chair of Shell Malaysia and senior vice-president upstream, Siti Sulaiman. — DayakDaily