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Maersk and Debo announce green methanol partnership

Maersk and Debo announce green methanol partnership
A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) signs a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Debo regarding the development of a 200 000 tonnes per annum green methanol plant in China (photo courtesy Maersk).

Denmark-headed global logistics and container shipping major A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) has revealed that it has added a seventh strategic green methanol partnership in its quest to boost global production capacity. This time Maersk has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Chinese bioenergy enterprise Debo.

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Debo is a high-tech enterprise covering bioenergy technology research and development, production, sales, and operation.

The company has committed to the research and industrial application of biomass thermal conversion for more than 15 years with more than 100 biomass gasification projects built in China and abroad.

Debo has rich experience in biomass gasification to synthesize green methanol, renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production and has established a complete intellectual property protection system.

Green methanol plant in China

The parties have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) covering Debo’s plans to develop a bio-methanol project for Maersk in China.

Maersk has set an ambitious end-to-end net-zero goal for 2040 and the availability of green methanol at scale is critical to our fleet’s transition to sustainable energy, said Berit Hinnemann, Head of Green Fuels Sourcing at A.P. Moller – Maersk.

Partnerships across ecosystems and geographies are essential for the scale-up needed in order to make meaningful progress on this agenda already in this decade. Therefore, we are delighted to welcome Debo on this journey, Berit Hinnemann said.


Secure fuel demand

The green methanol plant will have an annual capacity of 200 000 tonnes and is expected to start commercial operation by the fall of 2024.

The feedstock for the green bio-methanol will be agricultural residues. Maersk intends to offtake the full volume produced. The use of green methanol as a marine fuel to replace the existing fossil fuel is groundbreaking in container shipping history and will strongly promote the development of green shipping, said Zhang Shoujun, Chairman and General Manager at Debo.

The agreement with Debo marks the seventh strategic green methanol partnership for Maersk.

The company has agreements already in place with CIMC ENRIC, European Energy, Green Technology Bank, Ørsted, Proman, and WasteFuel with the intent of sourcing at least 730 000 tonnes per annum by end of 2025 – well beyond the green methanol needed for the first 12 green container vessels currently on order.

It is a great honor for Debo to work with A.P. Moller – Maersk to promote the commercialization of the green methanol industrial chain. I firmly believe that through cooperation, we are able to realize the commercial production and industrial conversion of green methanol and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ended Zhang Shoujun.

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