Date: 20th of May 2019
Mura Technology are delighted to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ourselves and the Government of Timor-Leste on Friday 17th May at The University of Sydney. This agreement recognises our intention to implement a new Cat-HTR™ plant in the country of Timor-Leste. This move will aim to make Timor-Leste the world’s first plastic-neutral country!
Huge amounts of waste plastic arrives in port at Timor every day – approximately 67 tonnes; this plastic waste often ends up in landfill or incinerated, and sees communities trying to make a living from waste collection. Plastic pollution is also seriously damaging water quality and oceanic habitats and marine life. By introducing our Cat-HTR™ technology, up to 20,000 tonnes of plastic annually will instead be converted into valuable chemicals and oils for sale and for use in the manufacture of new petrochemical products. Converting waste plastic into feedstocks has the potential to both remove plastic pollution from the environment, and stop future pollution for a circular economy.
RESPECT is the new initiative launched by Mura – Recycling / Environment / Sustainable / Plastic / Empowerment / Community / Timor. This not-for-profit organisation does not ask for any financial contribution from Timor-Leste, and instead sees profits created from the sale of output products at the end of conversion used to fund community projects in schools and villages, alongside providing valuable jobs for waste collectors and helping improve facilities and energy provision across the country.
Cat-HTR™ (Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor) works by using supercritical water to break down the hydrocarbon bonds within end-of-life plastics, turning them back into the feedstocks from which they were made; products such as naphtha, diesel, vacuum gas oil and heavy wax residue.
Plastic Oceans UK has also recently signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with Mura Technology.
Demetrio do Amaral de Carvalho, Timor-Leste’s Secretary of State for the Environment, said:
“This is an exciting collaboration for us. Not only will it make a big difference in plastic waste reduction and reduce harm to our cherished marine life, but Timor-Leste can be an example to the rest of the world about what this technology can achieve and the benefits it will have for the planet”.
Alongside Mr De Carvalho, also present were His Excellency Mr Abel Guterres, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Timor-Leste to Australia, New Zealand and Republic of Fiji, and Mr Helio Casimiro Guterres, President of the Institute of Petroleum and Geology in Timor, whilst the ceremony was hosted by the University’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.
Jo Ruxton, CEO of Plastic Oceans Foundation UK, said:
“This will be a really valuable program, not just for the people of Timor-Leste, but also to share the knowledge and technologies to other countries and islands globally, as we tackle ocean plastic pollution.”
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