Materials Recycling and Veolia partner to recycle hydrotreating
Veolia ES Technical Solutions, LLC, the hazardous
waste division of Veolia Environmental Services North America,
and Oklahoma Materials Recycling (OMR) have signed a teaming
agreement whereby Veolia will exclusively provide up-front sales
and marketing services for OMR’s catalyst recycling plant currently
under construction in Atoka, Oklahoma.
The new plant uses proprietary ACTR technology developed by Advanced
Fibers and Powders and licensed by OMR. This approach to catalyst
recycling provides a new option for the petroleum refining industry
to recycle spent hydrotreating catalysts containing the valuable
base metal molybdenum (Mo). Using a thermal chemical process
instead of the current hydrometallurgical process to recover
Mo, the plant has several advantages:
•The plant produces no liquid discharges, thereby mitigating
environmental issues that can be problematic for competing technologies.
•It minimizes the use of water in the process of producing molybdic
oxide saving precious water resources.
•The technology is capable of separating tungsten from molybdenum
allowing refinery companies to recycle hydrotreating and hydrocracking
catalysts that contain both metals. Current hydrometallurgical
technologies are not able to effectively process spent catalysts
with both metals present.
The OMR recycling operation will meet the highest standards for
environmental compliance and stewardship regarding storage and
handling of catalyst, air emissions and water discharges. Petroleum
refining customers can have confidence that their feedstocks
will be recycled responsibly. The plant construction is rapidly
progressing with plans to begin processing catalyst in late second