Six companies created a partnership to establish Asia’s first green e-methanol plant which converts captured biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) into green e-methanol.
TT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP), Air Liquide, YTL PowerSeraya, Oiltanking Asia Pacific, Kenoil Marine Services, and Maersk have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a ‘Green Methanol Value Chain Collaboration’ to explore the feasibility of establishing a green e-methanol pilot plant, with a minimum production capacity of 50,000 tons per annum (TPA), the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
The pilot plant will be set up in Singapore pending successful conclusion of feasibility studies by the end of 2022.
This MoU marks a pivotal step towards transforming captured biogenic CO2 and green hydrogen produced from renewable electricity into green e-methanol, making this low carbon fuel commercially accessible for the maritime industry
said the partners.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) welcomed the formation of this industry partnership and its plan to leverage on Singapore’s hub port and research ecosystems to conduct feasibility studies on the set up of a pilot plant and running of bunkering trials on green e-methanol.
Green e-methanol is being considered as one of the candidates for alternate fuel to meet IMO 2030/2050 goals. This project will potentially yield a substantial carbon reduction impact.
The collaboration will begin with feasibility studies on technical and economic aspects of the green e-methanol pilot plant which are expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
The project has the strong potential to support industry adoption and realisation of climate neutrality goals, making a meaningful contribution to the global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.