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US SAF project selects NextChem’s gasification tech

US SAF project selects NextChem’s gasification tech
Moving bagasse a residue from sugarcane processing and used as a biomass fuel (photo courtesy Ferdinando Ramos).

Italy-headed industrial group MARIE S.p.A. (previously known as Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.) has announced that MyRechemical, part of the Sustainable Technology Solutions business unit led by its subsidiary NextChem S.p.A has signed a licensing contract regarding its proprietary NX Circular gasification technology with US-based sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project developer DG Fuels Louisiana, LCC. 

DG Fuels Louisiana is a subsidiary of DG Fuels, a US company engaged in renewable hydrogen and biogenic-based, synthetic low-emission aviation fuel.

The DG Fuels Louisiana plant, expected to be operational in 2028, will produce 450 million liters per year of SAF derived from residual biomass and a minor part of municipal waste.

MyRechemical has been selected as the technology licensor for the gasification and gas treatment units able to process 1 million tonnes per year of bagasse and sugarcane trash and pulp, representing the first step for SAF production.

The licensing contract provides that MyRechemical will also supply the proprietary equipment for the gasification package with an option for applying a modular approach to minimize site contingencies, as well as the associated technical services.

Meets DOE requirements

The project meets the requirements set by the US Department of Energy (DOE)’s Clean Fuels & Products Shot initiative, which aims to decarbonize the aviation sector by industrializing SAF production.

Additionally, SAF derived from biomass or waste resources is eligible under the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to reduce airlines’ carbon offsetting requirements.

This landmark award confirms the reliability of our technologies and the role of MAIRE as a key player to enable the industry decarbonization through circular solutions in a strategic market such as the United States, and globally, commented Alessandro Bernini, CEO of MARIE.

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