C2X and Egyptian govt agree on next steps for large-scale methanol production

C2X, a recently established company backed by A.P. Moller Holding as majority owner and A.P. Moller – Maersk as minority owner, has signed a framework agreement with the Egyptian government to enable and accelerate large-scale production of green methanol in Egypt.

Courtesy of SCZone

C2X’s ambition is to have a production capacity of more than three million tonnes per year by 2030 from project opportunities in advantaged locations around the world.

The agreement with the Egyptian government is said to bolster the partnership and joint efforts for C2X to establish the project, which is strategically located close to the Suez Canal, in collaboration with the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone), the Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), and the Sovereign Fund of Egypt for Investment and Development (TSFE).

The efforts will include the establishment of projects for generating green energy from wind and solar sources.

“This is an important step forward for the global transition to green methanol. Egypt has many natural advantages that support a world class green methanol project including access to low-cost renewables and proximity to the Suez Canal and maritime customers. Signing of the Framework Agreement today marks another important milestone in realizing our ambition to be a leading producer of green methanol. We thank the Government of Egypt and our Egyptian Sponsors for their continued support and look forward to working with them to make our project a success we can all be proud of,” said Brian Davis, Chief Executive Officer of C2X.

Waleid Gamal El-Dien, SCZONE’s Chairman, stated: “Today’s FWA is the 10th framework agreement within Memorandums of Understanding signed by SCZONE which aims to transform to a green economy and its various industrial applications, making use of its capabilities related to the integration of its ports with affiliated industrial zones.”

The project was initiated in March 2022 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding and the framework agreement moves it to a deeper level of collaboration with more advanced technical and commercial feasibility studies towards the shared objective.

Following the completion of these studies, the parties will proceed toward final investment agreements for the project.

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