Administrators in Hua Hin have agreed to extend the contract for plastic wasteto- crude oil conversion. The single Point Energy and Environment Co. Ltd. represented by Dr. Wantiwipha Phanichkul, has been responsible for processing and converting plastic waste into crude oil from 2007 to 2009. This project, using raw materials from the waste dumping area in Thap Tai, required a 65 million Baht budget during this periods. Realising how useful the project has been, a contract extension of 4 or more years has been accepted. The company will now invest 180 million Baht to renovate the interior of the factory and buy a new machine for plastic waste screening and processing.
The company has been asked to submit a progress report, host a general meeting twice a year and give Hua Hin Municipality the profit from selling crude oil valued at 5.1 million Baht. The company agreed to comply with all these conditions. Dr. Wantiwipha said that the company deals with 80 to 120 tons of plastic waste each day which can be transformed into 2,000 litres of crude oil. The oil is then sent to the IRPE, the oil refinery in Rayong, where it is processed into gasoline, diesel and benzene. Even though over 700,000 litres of crude oil is sent to the refinery, the company is expecting more production in the future. According to Dr. Wantiwipha, waste management should be carried using several methods to attain sustainability.
Waste can be transformed into electrical power, gas or fertilizer. Singapore is now turning waste into electrical power, the Single Point Energy and Environment Co. Ltd. will soon invite local administrators to join a field trip and study the Singapore waste conversion.