All subjects
Sustainable Aviation Fuel

ECARU, Qalaa Holdings, and Axens eye ethanol-to-SAF

ECARU, Qalaa Holdings, and Axens eye ethanol-to-SAF
Within the framework of a joint strategy to provide practical solutions for cleaner energy, Dr Hesham Sherif (left) Egyptian Company for Solid Waste Recycling(ECARU); Jean Sentenac, Axens; and Dr Ahmed Heikal (right) Qalaa Holdings, signed a cooperation protocol on July 17, 2023, in the presence of H.E. French Ambassador to Egypt Marc Barety, to carry out technical and economic studies for a second-generation ethanol and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production plant (photo courtesy Qalaa Holdings).

In Egypt, the Egyptian Solid Waste Recycling Company (ECARU), Qalaa Holdings, and Axens, an IFP Group company, have signed an agreement to carry out technical and economic studies for second-generation ethanol and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production plant. In collaborating, the parties are bringing together their respective areas of expertise.

An error occurred

You are logged in as subsbriber at Bioenergy International, but something is wrong.

On your profile you can see what subscriptions you have access to and more information.

Is some of the information wrong – please contact our customer service.

Please reload the page

We could not ascertain if you are logged in or not. Please reload this page.
Bioenergy International premium

Do you want to read the whole article?

Only logged in payed subscribers can read all contents on
As an subscriber you get:
  • Six editions per year
  • Full access to all digital content
  • The E-magazine Bioenergy international
  • And more ...

Previously known as Citadel Capital, Qalaa Holdings is an African leader in energy and infrastructure with controlling interests in subsidiaries in industries including energy, mining, cement, agrifoods, transportation, logistics, printing, and packaging.

Qalaa Holdings’ strategy aims at providing practical solutions for cleaner energy resulting from converted biomass via the Egyptian Solid Waste Recycling Company (ECARU), one of the companies in which Qalaa Holdings has an investment stake.

Established in 1997, ECARU specializes in solid waste management, resource recovery facilities, and biomass recycling. It collects and processes about 500 000 tonnes of agricultural waste annually, and is also involved in projects outside of Egypt, including Libya, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Sudan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Malaysia.

ECARU is already producing a number of products from agricultural waste, such as high-quality organic fertilizers and alternative solid fuels for cement plants, thus reducing pollution by avoiding open-field burning.

Advanced ethanol-to-jet project

The proposed advanced biofuels project will be carried out in two phases, the first of which will be the production of advanced bioethanol while the second will be the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

ECARU is looking forward to starting the financial and technical study of the project, and actual production within three years, over two phases. The first phase shall involve the production of advanced bioethanol, while the second phase shall concern the production of sustainable aviation fuel. Such production is export-orientated to meet the growing needs of the global market, said Dr Hesham Sherif Chairman and Managing Director of ECARU.

France-headed chemical process technology provider Axens, an IFP Group company has been selected as the single licensor for the full set of technologies needed and will support ECARU and Qalaa Holdings for this project.

Starting from biomass to advanced bioethanol using its “Futurol” technology and then a further conversion from ethanol into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using its “Jetanol” ethanol-to-jet technology.

We are thrilled to support Qalaa Holdings and ECARU in their effort toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to what will be the first advanced bioethanol and SAF project in Egypt. I am proud that Futurol and Jetanol will be the technological keystone of this project, said Jean Sentenac President and CEO of Axens.

The project’s studies will take about seven months, noting that the company aims to export its production of second-generation biofuel, in line with Egypt’s strategy to maximize the use of various waste types and contribute to sustainability and waste recycling, thereby fostering economic growth.

We are so proud to launch this cooperation with Axens for the production of second-generation biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass to promote global environmental sustainability, within the framework of our commitment to establishing high-value-added export-oriented projects. Qalaa is significantly increasing its investments in Egypt through the companies in which it invests by implementing high-value-added export-oriented projects. The timing now is ripe for such projects, said Dr Ahmed Heikal Chairman and Founder of Qalaa Holdings.

Most read on Bioenergy International

Get the latest news about Bioenergy

Subscribe for free to our newsletter
Sending request
I accept that Bioenergy International stores and handles my information.
Read more about our integritypolicy here