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TotalEnergies selects NextChem for Grandpuits SAF plant project

Italy-headed industrial group Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. has announced that its subsidiary NextChem S.p.A. has been awarded a contract by TotalEnergies SE (previously known as Total) to carry out a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and supply its technological know-how to implement a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant in Grandpuits, France, capable of processing 400 000 tonnes per year.

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. subsidiary NextChem S.p.A. has been awarded a contract by TotalEnergies SE (previously known as Total) to carry out a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and supply its technological know-how to implement a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant at Grandpuits zero-crude platform in France (photo courtesy TotalEnergies).

The project is part of TotalEnergies’ plan to refurbish its Grandpuits Refinery into a zero-crude platform that will include a biorefinery. NextChem is already providing FEED services for Europe’s first plant to produce compostable and biodegradable plastics, with a capacity of 100 000 tonnes of Poly-Lactic Acid (PLA) per annum.

The SAF plant, due to be operational in 2024, will strengthen NextChem’s role in TotalEnergies’ net-zero strategy as a major part of the Grandpuits Refinery “zero-crude” platform development, known as “Projet Galaxie”.

Projet Galaxie will produce SAF by treating primarily animal fats from Europe and used cooking oil (UCO). This new unit will be aligned with France’s roadmap for the deployment of SAF, which includes a target of 2 percent by 2025 and 5 percent by 2030.

We are very happy to continue strengthening our strategic collaboration with a prestigious global player like TotalEnergies: being the partner of choice for its ambitious Grandpuits energy transition project is exciting, as innovative corporations have pioneering goals and may make the difference in Europe’s challenging path to decarbonization. Combining Maire Tecnimont’s leading experience in EPC contracting in the natural resources transformation sector worldwide, with NextChem’s focus on deploying solutions in carbon footprint reduction through the development of new technologies is a winning value proposition.  The air transportation sector is looking for biofuels solutions urgently, to cope with the challenging targets for GHG emissions reduction. This partnership will give a concrete answer to a concrete need, said Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem.

TotalEnergies is investing in low-carbon activities with strong growth, like bioplastics and renewable fuels production, with the ambition of getting to net zero in Europe by 2050.

We are very pleased to launch this next stage, alongside our partner NextChem. Signing this contract is an important milestone as it reinforces our commitment to speed up our growth on the renewable fuels market with the ambition to produce close to 5 million tonnes of renewable fuels a year by 2030, said Virginie Merini, SVP Renewable Fuels at TotalEnergies.

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