Maire Tecnimont and Adani Link on Green Chemistry

07.04.2021 - Italian engineering contractor Maire Tecnimont has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India’s Adani Enterprises to explore the development of industrial projects based on renewable feedstock. The projects will focus on producing chemicals, ammonia and hydrogen using technologies and project development capabilities offered by Maire Tecnimont’s subsidiaries NextChem, Stamicarbon and MET Development.

Adani has 14 gigawatts of renewable assets either under operation or construction, or through contracts. “Adani Group is at the forefront of India’s energy transition, and green hydrogen is a natural extension of our globally leading renewable portfolio,” said Jayant Parimal, advisor to Adani Group’s chairman. “Scaling up of the green hydrogen economy will require multiple use-cases, including green ammonia and green chemicals. They present a significant benefit not only from the environmental perspective but also in terms of supply chain resilience for India.”

The agreement follows NextChem’s signing of an MoU last November with IndianOil. The companies are developing projects centered on plastics recycling, producing biofuels from renewable feedstock, as well as circular fuels and chemicals from non-recyclable waste using NextChem technologies.

Last month, Maire Tecnimont announced the inauguration of a bio-waste recycling pilot plant at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) in Surathkal in India. The project has been funded by the contractor’s Indian subsidiary Tecnimont Private Ltd. as part of the group’s efforts in corporate social responsibility and the development of green energy.

The biogas pilot plant uses anaerobic digestion to convert food and vegetable waste from the hostel blocks and canteens into energy. It will also promote research and improve energy self-sufficiency within the campus, Maire Tecnimont said.

Author: Elaine Burridge, Freelance Journalist