Entrepreneur planning to embark on waste to energy business

An invented mini-plant is pictured processing plastic to energy.

An entrepreneur called U Thant Zin Tun is planning to execute plastic waste to energy start-up.
“I am trying to start on plastic to fuel recycling. I plan to produce 10 to 20 barrels of oil per day. This start-up is expected to commence in July. The project is located in Myittha, Mandalay Region. I will convert waste plastic into fuel oil on a commercial one,” said U Thant Zin Tun.
Waste plastic oil with pyrolysis process will be upgraded to meet the quality of gasoline and diesel. There are three to five workers in this small business. In order to collect plastic debris and municipal waste, I will connect to the municipal offices. The objective behind this start-up is to offer oil at a cheaper rate than the current fuel prices for the low-income family and small businesses,” U Thant Zin Tun elaborated.
He carried out a pilot project with a small plant which has a daily capacity of 20 gallons of diesel out of waste plastic in Butalin Township, Monywa District, Sagaing Region in 2015. He demonstrated his successful effort by droving tractors and agricultural machines with diesel-generated from waste plastic.
Waste plastic is compressed into two square feet blocks and then, they are put into a pyrolysis reactor. Industrial fuel like furnace oil is produced after they are refined and blended with the chemical. The oil is put into Catalytic Cracking Unit and proceeds to the depolymerization process. He managed to manufacture catalysts himself as the imported ones are expensive. As a result of this, it is cost-effective. The oil from the Catalytic Cracking Unit is blended so it has to pass the refinery unit to produce standard gasoline and diesel with chemical treatment. — Lu Lay/GNLM

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