Pyrum Innovations has announced plans to join forces with a Czech energy group to build a pyrolysis plant for end-of-life tyres (ELTs) in the Czech Republic. The German pyrolysis technology company announced last week that it had signed an engineering and consulting contract with a subsidiary of its Czech partner enabling them to carry out preparatory work for the approval of the plant's construction and the submission of a planning permit application.
The new plant, which is to be able to process up to 20,000 tonnes of scrap tyres per year, will be built in the Czech Republic near the German border and is scheduled to go into operation in 2025. The pyrolysis gas produced at the facility would be used to generate energy in the gas turbine of a power plant operated on the same site by the Czech JV partner. According to Pyrum, its partner is active in the field of energy and environmental services.
Pyrum CEO Pascal Klein explained that the decision to use existing infrastructure to operate the new tyre recycling was perfectly aligned with Pyrum's commitment to sustainability. “Together with our partner, we will contribute to the circular economy and offer a sustainable solution for used tyre recycling in the Czech Republic."
The new plant would be built and operated by a future joint venture in which Pyrum is expected to hold a 30 percent share. Under the terms of the consulting agreement, Pyrum is responsible for the basic engineering work as well as preparing parts of the approval documents for the new plant. Given the space available at the new site, recycling capacity could be doubled as early as 2027. With the pyrolysis plant at its headquarters in Dillingen, a pyrolysis plant being built as part of the Revalit JV, and plants in development together with Suez Recycling and Recovery in the UK and Thermo Lysi in Greece, the Czech facility would be Pyrum’s fifth concrete ELT pyrolysis project to advance this far in the planning stages.