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French Ministerial visit marks official start of work for ReSolute Flagship plant

To mark the start of the preparatory work for Circa’s ReSolute Flagship plant in the Moselle region of France, French Minister of State for Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher visited the site on December 10, 2021. Minister Pannier-Runacher was joined by key regional and local government officials at the ReSolute plant which will be located on the site of GazelEnergie’s Emile Huchet coal-fired power station.

To mark the start of the preparatory work for Circa’s ReSolute Flagship plant in the Moselle region of France, French Minister of State for Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher (left) visited the site on December 10, 2021, guided by ReSolute Project Manager, David-Alexandre Leduc (photo courtesy Circa Group).

In September 2021, Norway-based sustainable biochemicals company Circa Group AS announced that it has signed a new agreement with French power plant operator GazelEnergie Generation (GazelEnergie), a subsidiary of EP France, part of Czech-headed Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s. (EPH), to repurpose a former coal-fired power plant site as part of Flagship EU project ReSolute.

Circa will be the first company to occupy the repurposed facility and in doing so supports the region’s plan to transition from coal-fired power generation to a more sustainable, greener, lower-carbon economy that provides skilled jobs in clean technologies.

This project bears witness to the industrial transformation of our country. Here in Carling, we will move from using coal for energy to low-carbon biomass heat and we will move from fossil-based chemistry to bio-based chemistry. By decarbonizing the very fabric of our industry, we make it more sustainable but also more competitive and less vulnerable to price fluctuations in raw materials. Our efforts in Carling also show how, in an industrial area, we can reindustrialize and attract new companies by working collectively with companies from the platform and making the most of the key sites we have. It’s a real local dynamic which has started in the Warndt Naborien which we will continue to capitalize on, said Minister Pannier Runacher in statement.

The significance of ReSolute for the region is reflected in the support of the French government. The EUR 50 million facility will come online in Q3 2023 and produce 1 000 tonnes of Circa’s low-toxicity bio-based solvent Cyrene, to replace harmful, fossil-based solvents which are commonly used in everyday products.

The EU and the French government understand the opportunity to create a safer, more sustainable economy for their citizens and the environment. Circa welcomes the support shown by French authorities at the national, regional, and local levels. Together we are showing that a safer, more sustainable way to make everyday products is possible, said Tony Duncan, CEO of Circa Group.

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