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The green methanol produced by the new facility will be used to fuel a fleet of methanol-powered container vessels.
SunGas Renewables Inc. formed Beaver Lake Renewable Energy, LLC (BLRE), a wholly owned subsidiary that will construct a new green methanol production facility in Central Louisiana. The facility is expected to generate nearly 400,000 metric tons of green methanol per year for marine fuel. It will also create 1,150+ jobs during construction and 100+ local jobs during operation.
The green methanol produced will be used to fuel A.P. Moller - Maersk's fleet of methanol-powered container vessels and utilize wood fiber from local forests. The methanol will have a negative carbon intensity by sequestering nearly a million tons per year of CO2 produced by the project.
"A.P. Moller - Maersk is excited to be partnering with SunGas Renewables, which is pioneering a large-scale pathway to green methanol with its Beaver Lake Renewable Energy facility,” said Emma Mazhari, Head of Energy Markets at Maersk. “We would like to thank SunGas Renewables for showing great leadership and for its commitment to the green transition of energy. This is helping Maersk deliver valuable services to our customers and is aligned with our aim to reach net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2040. Together, as pioneers in the field, SunGas and Maersk are driving a much-needed transition in a heavy pollution industry. We hope that work can be accelerated further in the years to come."
BLRE is anticipated to invest approximately $2 billion to construct the project at the former International Paper facility in Rapides Parish. Construction is expected to begin in late 2024 with commercial operations commencing in 2027.
"Using biomass from sustainably managed forestry along with carbon capture allows our project to generate green marine shipping fuel while simultaneously removing carbon from the atmosphere,” said Robert Rigdon, CEO of SunGas Renewables. “This new low-carbon marine fuel facility also helps strengthen communities and create sustainable economies right here in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. As we continue our mission to make a meaningful impact in the energy transition, we look forward to collaborating with all our project partners and the State of Louisiana to construct and operate this important project. This incredible effort happening right here in Pineville will be an innovative and low-carbon energy solution that will help fuel a better world."