Keppel and AM Green to Explore Biogenic Carbon-Based Sustainable Fuels

Keppel Corporation Limited (Keppel), through its Infrastructure Division, and AM Green, which is wholly owned and controlled by the founders of Hyderabad-based Greenko Group, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly explore opportunities to produce biogenic carbon-based sustainable fuels, such as bio and green methanol, second-generation (2G) ethanol and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). 

The two parties will jointly identify, evaluate, and co-develop projects in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, which can harness and aggregate at least one million tonnes of biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) per year to be used for the production of sustainable fuels in AM Green’s plants.

These sustainable fuels can serve as an environmentally sustainable alternative to fossil fuels to support the decarbonisation of heavy industrial operations and the aviation sector.

In addition, Keppel and Greenko will also identify areas for collaboration in the value chain of a bio-methanol project in India. The project aims to produce 500,000 tonnes of bio-methanol annually.

Biofuels, which are derived from organic materials such as plant and animal biomass, make up the largest source of renewable energy in use globally, accounting for 55% of renewable energy and over 6% of the world’s energy supply. The production and combustion of sustainable fuels significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, making them effective cleaner sources of energy.

Keppel currently operates a 273,750 tonne per year Anaerobic Digestion & Composting Plant in Qatar which was designed and built by Keppel in 2012. This is the world’s largest composting plant and can generate close to 110,000m3 of biogas daily, which is converted into green electricity for operational use, as well as export to the grid. Keppel is also involved in industrial carbon-capture feasibility studies for waste-to-energy facilities in Singapore and the United Kingdom.   

Cindy Lim, CEO of Keppel’s Infrastructure Division, said, “Biofuels have an important role to play in decarbonising industrial operations and the aviation sector. Keppel’s experience in handling and treating domestic waste and organic feedstock, as well as our know-how in effective carbon cycling, will benefit this collaboration with AM Green. This partnership aims to spur the development of next-generation biofuels and sustainable aviation fuel in the region, which can serve as substitutes for fossil fuels.”