“First Step toward Plastic Recycling and Fostering Future Materials”
LG Chem Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony at Dangjing Plant
■ LG Chem holds groundbreaking ceremony at Dangjin Plant on the 30th with the attendance of Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy Secretary Joo Young-hoon, Dangjin Mayor Oh Seong Hwan, LG Chem Chief Executive Officer Hak Cheol Shin, etc.
■ Invest a total of 310 billion KRW by ‘24 to construct pyrolysis oil and aerogel plant at the Dangjin Plant
□ Pyrolysis oil: Construction of plastic circular economy by applying super critical technologies for the first time in the nation
□ Aerogel: World’s lightest next-generation insulation material that minimizes heat loss at industrial sites
■ Chief Executive Officer Shin Hak-Cheol,
“LG Chem will play a leading role for sustainable development and to achieve carbon-neutrality goals as a leading company of the petrochemical industry”
On the 30th, LG Chem held a groundbreaking ceremony for the nation’s first super critical pyrolysis plant and an aerogel, a next-generation insulation material, plant for building a plastic circular economy structure at the Seokmun National Industrial Complex in Dangjin, Chungnam.
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy Secretary Joo Young-hoon, Dangjin Mayor Oh Seong-Hwan, LG Chem Chief Executive Officer Shin Hak-Cheol and Executive Vice President Noh Kug-Lae attended the event on this day. UK-based Mura CEO Steven Mahon and Hyundai Engineering CEO Hyeon-Sung Hong who agreed to provide technical support for the plant were also in attendance.
LG Chem plans to invest a total of 310 billion KRW by 2024 to construct a super critical pyrolysis plant and a plant for producing aerogel, which is a next-generation insulation material, on a site with an area of 240,000㎡ (equivalent to 32 football fields) to foster future eco-friendly businesses in Seokmun National Industrial Park.
Super critical pyrolysis is featured by decomposing plastic with a special heat source in a steam state with temperature and pressure exceeding the critical point of water, and it has little carbon lumps (blackening), thus making it possible to operate without requiring repair processes. The use of pyrolysis oil is expected to grow by more than 19% every year to reach 3.3 million tons by 2030.
Aerogel is produced using proprietary technology developed by LG Chem and it is lightweight as it is composed of more than 95% gases having properties that are both water-resistant and fire-resistant.
Especially when used as insulation material for pipes and equipment at industrial sites, heat loss can be minimized. Aerogel is expected to have market growth of more than 30% every year due to the demand for eco-friendly energy (liquefied hydrogen) transportation and storage, as well as heat blocking, etc.
LG Chem Chief Executive Officer Shin Hak-Cheol commented, “The Dangjin Plant will become a global center for the eco-friendly materials sector,” while adding, “LG Chem will play a leading role for sustainable development and to achieve carbon-neutrality goals as a leading company of the petrochemical industry.”