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ENGIE joins forces with CMA CGM and Air France-KLM

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ENGIE has joined forces with CMA CGM and Air France-KLM to accelerate the decarbonisation of sea and air transport by launching a renewable and low-carbon fuel platform in Le Havre, France.

HAROPA PORT has awarded ENGIE 24 ha. of land for the development of a benchmark platform for alternative new industrial fuels. This award is an essential step in the development of the low-carbon transition of the industrial port zone.

ENGIE and its partner CMA CGM also confirmed the development of the Salamandre plant in Le Havre, France, the world’s first renewable gas production unit based on pyrogasification and methanation technologies for sea transport.

Additionally, to meet the needs of the airline industry, ENGIE is to launch the feasibility study for France KerEAUzen, a synthetic fuel production unit based on a combination of renewable hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) supplied by Salamandre and other local industries.

These are two major industrial projects, which will contribute to the energy transition in France and the decarbonisation of heavy mobility in Europe.

Catherine MacGregor, CEO of ENGIE, said: “Salamandre and France KerEAUzen represent a response to the need to decarbonise sea and air transport. These industrial units will also contribute to HAROPA PORT’s ambition to make Le Havre a benchmark platform for renewable fuels, as part of a circular economy approach that will benefit regional development. We are proud to be developing these promising solutions in France, in partnership with CMA CGM and Air France-KLM.”

Christine Cabau Woehrel, Group Executive Vice President, Industrial Assets and Operations, CMA CGM, commented: “We are delighted that this project is taking shape in Le Havre, thanks to the sup-port of HAROPA PORT. By joining forces, ENGIE, Air France-KLM and CMA CGM intend to contribute to the emergence of a French renewable gas industry, essential to the decarbonisation of sea and air transport activities.”

Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France, declared: “Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) will be the decisive lever in decarbonising the sector, which is why Air France-KLM is working to set up a French SAF industry. By joining the France KerEAUZen project, Air FranceKLM is committed to working alongside ENGIE to study the feasibility of these synthetic fuel production units, which will take over from aviation biofuels in the years to come.”

Final investment decisions (FID) are expected at the end of 2023 for Salamandre and by 2025-2026 for France KerEAUzen, with construction starting in 2024 and 2026 respectively, subject to planning permission and support programmes.

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