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px Group to operate GIDARA's flagship biomethanol plant

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px Group, an infrastructure solutions business and operator of several critical UK energy sites, has announced that it has been appointed as Operator at GIDARA Energy’s flagship biomethanol plant in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The plant, plans for which were revealed in 2021 by GIDARA Energy and is due to become operational in 2024, is GIDARA Energy’s advanced biofuels facility, and will convert non-recyclable waste into advanced methanol. The plant is known as Advanced Methanol Amsterdam (AMA), and is located in the BioPark – an industrial location in the Port of Amsterdam developed especially for producers of renewable fuels.

AMA will produce biomethanol that creates significant carbon savings compared to fossil-based fuels. Advanced methanol is a versatile renewable transportation fuel that, amongst others, can be used in the road transport, marine and aviation sectors, helping these sectors to reduce their carbon emissions and become more sustainable.

px Group has previously supported GIDARA Energy in the FEED phase of the project. It will ultimately take on the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of the AMA plant, proving its capabilities across whole project life cycles.

With the potential for an expanded scope in the future, px Group will initially be:

  • Supporting GIDARA Energy during the construction of the plant.
  • Supporting the start-up and commissioning of the facility.
  • Managing the O&M of the facility following handover.
  • Taking on responsibility for recruiting and managing more than 50 full-time staff in Amsterdam.

px Group has also registered a Dutch entity, px Netherlands BV, for this project and anticipated future project work with GIDARA at other key industrial locations in the Netherlands.

Neil Grimley, px Group’s Managing Director of GIDARA Projects, comments: “I’m looking forward to continuing what is now an extremely close relationship with GIDARA. We’ve already been working with them on the ground in the Netherlands through the FEED stage, and we’ll now be taking on even more responsibility in the coming months.”

Both px Group and GIDARA Energy are backed by Ara Partners, a private equity company that specialises in investing in businesses, technology and assets that have the ability or potential to significantly cut carbon emissions in the industrial sectors.

Ara Partners acquired px Group in 2021. GIDARA Energy was founded in 2019 as a joint venture (JV) between Ara and G.I. Dynamics.

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