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The non-binding term sheet includes possible construction of a waste-plastic-to-renewable-chemicals-and-fuels plant in Corpus Christi, TX.

Clare Goldsberry

February 16, 2021

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Encina Development Group has signed a non-binding term sheet with Flint Hills Resources LLC to produce renewable chemicals and fuels from waste plastic. Flint Hills Resources, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in refining, chemicals, and grain processing with operations primarily in the Midwest and Texas. Flint Hills Resources’ subsidiaries produce and market gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, asphalt, ethanol, olefins, polymers, and base oils.

The term sheet contemplates that the parties may enter into a definitive agreement that includes building a waste plastic-to-renewable-chemicals-and-fuels plant in Corpus Christi, TX.

Flint Hills Resources will market the renewable aromatic products produced at the Encina Corpus Christi facility as well as work with its affiliates to market renewable aromatic products from Encina’s other US plants.

The Corpus Christi refineries are owned and operated by Flint Hills Resources, a Koch Industries company, and are major suppliers of fuels for the Texas market, including the San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas-Ft. Worth areas. In addition, the refineries produce various commodity chemicals that are important building blocks for a variety of products used in daily life.

“Our work with Encina is an exciting addition to our growing portfolio of renewable product and technology investments,” said Francis Murphy, Flint Hills Resources’ Senior Vice President, Chemicals. “Renewable aromatics and bioplastics are playing an increasingly important role in the product value chain and reducing environmental impacts while still delivering on all the various products that make modern life possible.”

“Flint Hills Resources is an excellent partner for Encina,” stated David Schwedel, Executive Director, Encina. “They have deep domain industry expertise, and an aligned focus on delivering highly valued and sustainable products to the marketplace.”

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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