Press Release


The Navigator Company and P2X-Europe announce a unique Joint Venture in Portugal to produce green, non-fossil synthetic eFuels and scale-up Power-to-Liquid business




  • Joint Venture (JV) opens perspective for 80.000 tons per year of renewable power-to-liquid products
  • Project aims to start commercial production in 2026
  • The strategic partnership enables Navigator adding value to biogenic CO2 from its sustainable forest and pulp & paper production as well as P2X-Europe’s parent companies H&R Group and Mabanaft to ramp up market supplies to the chemical sector and non-fossil, green jet fuel for the aviation industry

The Navigator Company and Hamburg-based developer P2X-Europe have decided, subject to the approval of the relevant anti-trust authorities, to create a unique and powerful joint venture, P2X-Portugal, to develop a world-class production facility for industrial-scale production of non-fossil jet fuels or e-SAFs (e-Sustainable Aviation Fuels) – carbon-neutral synthetic kerosene, based on green hydrogen and biogenic CO2.

This project leverages on Portugal's highly competitive renewable energy sources and on biogenic CO2 generated by Navigator's biorefineries using sustainable forests, which together constitute the two critical elements for the successful production of net-zero synthetic feedstocks for the chemical industry and jet fuels on an industrial scale, fostering the decarbonization of the aviation industry.

The JV is tapping into the extensive know-how of P2X-Europe, a global pioneer in PtL (Power-to-Liquids) project development and technology configuration and its parent companies’ H&R Group and Mabanaft market expertise in waxes for the chemical-pharmaceutical industry and in liquid fuels. Furthermore, the quality of the JV builds on Navigator’s vast industrial operational experience in biorefinery plants and forestry capabilities.

P2X-Portugal is a determined agile frontrunner well on course to become an international reference for the market introduction and commercialization of innovative synthetic aviation fuel products at scale.

Portugal is in a unique position to become a hub to produce green hydrogen derivatives such as synthetic jet fuels, creating jobs and securing a leading role in establishing an entirely new industry based on renewable energy and sustainable forests as the underlying source of biogenic carbon, which will be key in driving decarbonization towards net-zero.

The establishment in Navigator’s Figueira da Foz site marks a key milestone for Portugal and Europe on the road towards building up a fully integrated eSAF ecosystem, as well as demonstrating a sustainable approach to the decarbonization of the aviation sector.

Project profile in a nutshell
The joint venture by the name of P2X-Portugal will bring together leading technology and engineering companies and integrates the whole process value chain from feedstock sourcing to market introduction and product distribution.

Comprising carbon capture of up to 280,000 tons of biogenic CO2 and several hundred megawatts of new renewable energy capacity, the project aims at reaching a total net-zero synthetic PtL production capacity of 80,000 tons per year when fully developed, allowing to reduce annual carbon emissions of up to 280,000 tons.

The facility will be integrating several innovative technology components and will use a proven conversion process, leveraging recent process improvements and technologies to maximize its sustainability and system efficiency.

For the integrated PtL facility alone the project capex can total €550-600 million during the first two development phases, comprising a green H2 production plant, biogenic CO2 capturing equipment, and a production capacity of 40,000 tons per year of synthetic products.

The Portuguese Government has granted P2X-Portugal’s ambitious PtL project the status of National Interest (PIN), which is a relevant testimony to the strength and maturity of P2X-Portugal’s overall project quality.

Subject to the fulfilment of identified conditions precedents and to positive final investment decision by mid-2023, the Project is scheduled to start commercial operations as early as the first semester of 2026.

Conditions precedents required for a positive Final Investment Decision include, inter alia, (i) availability of competitive renewable energy as required by the project, (ii) appropriate setting of the EU Delegated Act defining Green H2 (currently being discussed in Brussels), (iii) satisfactory long-term offtake commitments, and (iv) obtaining adequate EU and Portuguese government sponsored investment incentives. The JV is in the process of obtaining clearance from EU anti-trust authorities.

Portugal location advantage and Navigator’s forest-based biogenic CO2
Portugal offers enabling conditions and supporting policy measures that should allow production capacity to grow quickly and consistently with EU climate regulation, which establishes various mandate targets for the use of eFuel in gradual substitution of fossil fuels.

Major location advantages include access to 100% green (solar and wind) electricity as the primary feedstock for green hydrogen production from the electrolysis of water together with one of the richest biogenic carbon dioxide point sources available in Europe: Navigator’s biorefinery located at Figueira da Foz, 140 km north of Lisbon, which generates process biogenic CO2 derived from sustainable and certified forests.

No compromise on sustainability
Cognizant of its credibility and market leading role, P2X-Portugal does not compromise on sustainability. The facility opts exclusively for streams of sustainable biogenic carbon from sustainable forests.

Biogenic CO2 is originally sequestered from the atmosphere by photosynthesis and stored in trees. Using sustainable forest material in biorefinery industrial processes leads to biogenic CO2 emissions, ensuring a net zero emissions carbon cycle.

P2X-Portugal’s synthetic end-products are a result of a fully sustainable transformation process, initiated with renewable electricity from solar and wind and solar-driven photosynthesis. Through this process, P2X-Portugal will be storing solar and wind energy in a synthetic liquid fuel.

Qualification and Outlook
With technology readiness, bankability, time to market and execution speed in mind, P2X-Portugal is not only a determined frontrunner but well on course to become an international reference for the market introduction and commercialization of innovative synthetic fuel products at scale.

The project contributes to the early development of a new strategic value chain in Portugal, as well as to key EU initiatives such as the Green Deal, the EU Hydrogen Strategy and the REPowerEU.

The European Parliament has recently backed a landmark ruling on aviation fuel that set binding targets for the replacement of conventional kerosene with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in general and green hydrogen-based synthetic fuels produced from renewable energy sources (eSAF) in particular.


Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF/eSAF)
Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) based on Power-to-Liquids (PtL), also referred to as eSAF, is the most important lever to decarbonise aviation. For large aircraft and long-haul flights synthetic eSAF will be the only viable option to decrease emissions to close to zero.

PtL-derived eSAF (eKerosene), generated from renewable electricity and captured biogenic sources of CO2, as the one P2X-Portugal will produce, is especially promising given that it reduces life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions by 90 to 100% compared with conventional jet fuel.


Contact:
P2X-Europe GmbH & Co. KG
Koreastraße 7
20457 Hamburg – Germany
Kirsten Grastorff, International Relations Manager
E-Mail: Kirsten.Grastorff@p2x-europe.com
M: +49 151 729 805 38
www.p2x-europe.com

P2X-Europe GmbH & Co. KG is an independent Power-to-Liquid (PtL) project development joint-venture, backed by two Hamburg-based German companies; the Mabanaft Group, a leading independent and integrated energy company, and the H&R Group, which develops and manufactures specialty chemical and pharmaceutical products. P2X-Europe develops, builds and invests in vertically integrated end-to-end Power-to-Liquid technology solutions to enable the market introduction of synthetic net-zero chemicals and fuels.

Based in Hamburg, P2X-Europe has set the ambition to become a global leader in renewable hydrogen and green synthetic hydrocarbons with a focus on sustainable aviation fuels, and the company is building a strong and diverse portfolio of large-scale Power-to-X projects across industries and geographies.
www.p2x-europe.com

Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG is a leading independent and integrated energy company, providing its customers with innovative energy solutions for their transportation, heating and industrial needs. In addition, the company is active in trading petroleum products, natural gas liquids, chemicals and biofuels.
www.mabanaft.com/de

H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA, listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, is a specialty chemicals company active in the development and manufacture of crude oil-based specialty chemical and pharmaceutical products and in the production of precision plastic parts. The product portfolio comprises white oils, petroleum jellies, paraffin waxes, lubricants, base oils, process oils, cable filling compounds, ozone protection waxes, plasticizers, cosmetic and pharmaceutical raw materials.
www.hur.com

About Navigator

The Navigator Company is an integrated producer of forest, pulp, paper, tissue, sustainable packaging solutions, and bioenergy, whose business is founded on state-of-the-art biorefineries on a worldwide scale, with cutting-edge technology. It is recognized as a quality benchmark in the industry worldwide.

People, their quality of life and the future of the planet inspire and drive The Navigator Company. The company is committed to creating sustainable value for its shareholders and the society as a whole, leaving a better planet to future generations through sustainable, natural, recyclable and biodegradable products and solutions that contribute towards carbon sequestration, oxygen production, biodiversity protection, soil formation and the fight against climate change.

The Navigator Company produces pulp and paper from forests which are planted exclusively for this purpose. Each year, Navigator nurseries give life to more than 12 million trees. The forests under The Navigator Company's management in Portugal represent a carbon stock, excluding carbon in the soil, equivalent to 6.1 million tons of CO2. This stock has remained stable thanks to the sustainable management model followed by the Company.

The Group has a vertically integrated forestry business, with its own forestry research institute, and is responsible for planting a vast forest area in Portugal (1.2% of the country's area), 100% certified by the FSC® and PEFC™ systems. In 2021, 65% of the energy produced by Navigator at its four industrial complexes was obtained from biomass, making it the leading operator in this sector, producing approximately 33% of all energy derived from this ecological non-fossil fuel in Portugal.

The company is Portugal's third largest exporter, accounting for approximately 1% of GDP, around 2.4% of all the country's exports of goods and more than 30,000 direct and indirect jobs. It is also the Portuguese exporter generating the most National Value Added. In 2021, The Navigator Company's turnover was €1.6 billion. More than 90% of the Group's products are sold outside Portugal and shipped to approximately 130 countries.

The Navigator Company has made a formal commitment to achieving carbon neutrality at its industrial complexes by 2035, 15 years ahead of the targets set by the European Union and Portugal. This makes it the first Portuguese company, and one of the first in the world, to set itself this ambitious goal.

This commitment is the culmination of a sustainability strategy previously distinguished by the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, now Disclosure Insight Action) in 2019 and 2020, with the ranking of global leader in fighting climate change. The Navigator Company was recognized for its efforts in reducing emissions, decreasing climate risks, and developing an economy with a low carbon footprint.

Forward-looking statements and forecasts:
This press release contains forward-looking statements. The statements are based on the current estimates and forecasts by the Executive Board and the information available to the Board at this time. These forward-looking statements do not provide any warranty for the future developments and results contained therein. The future developments and results are dependent on a number of factors; they entail various risks and contingencies and are based on assumptions, which could prove to be incorrect. We do not assume any responsibility for updating the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

Press Release


P2X-Europe hits milestone for 
Power-to-Liquids project in Portugal




  • P2X-Europe confirms its expertise as a project developer for innovative Power-to-Liquid (PtL) e-fuel projects and secures planning security for the approval process
  • PtL project is classified as "Project of National Interest" by the Portuguese government
  • Shareholders H&R and Mabanaft to secure market access and client base for renewable e-fuels, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and synthesis-based chemical-pharmaceutical specialties

Germany, Hamburg, 21 July 2022. P2X- Europe, the joint venture between H&R and Mabanaft, is driving forward the path to climate neutrality in mobility and chemicals: A PtL project of the project developer was qualified as a project of potential national interest (Potencial Interesse Nacional – PIN’ according to Decree-Law 154/2013 November, 5th) by the Portuguese government. The PIN Award, is a qualification reserved for investments that make a significant contribution to the country’s economy. The formal recognition is an official expression of confidence as it endorses overall project design as well as economic, financial, technical and environmental viability. The PIN Award also confirms the strategic alignment of the PtL project with government climate change policies, in particular Portugal’s Recovery and Resilience Plan as well as the Portuguese Hydrogen Strategy.

P2X- Europe’s ground-breaking initiative is the first power-to-liquids project to receive this award in Portugal, which means it benefits from simplified administrative procedures and fast-track licensing & permitting through a consolidated approval process, giving it greater planning certainty. The PIN status thus translates into a significant time advantage as continuous Government engagement, synchronized coordination across ministries and active performance monitoring of licensing procedures will secure speedy project implementation.

"The project maps the complete process value chain of PtL technology," explains Dr. Christoph Weber, co-CEO of P2X- Europe. "It encompasses the production of green hydrogen from renewable electricity as well as the capture and use of biogenic CO2 as a raw material for conversion into synthetic hydrocarbons.” On an area of around 25,000 m² belonging to the Portuguese pulp and paper company Navigator, an industrial-scale plant is to be built that will initially produce up to 20,000 tons of synthetic hydrocarbons from 2025. AICEP Portugal Global, the Portuguese Business Development Agency (Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal) will monitor all administrative procedures and facilitate intergovernmental coordination as Process Manager.

The e-fuels and waxes from renewable raw materials will be used primarily as e-jet fuel, but also in the basic chemical industry. "The PIN award also confirms the planning quality in this innovative technology segment through a favourable choice of location with the cooperation partner Navigator as well as the added value of P2X- Europe through market access via its shareholders in both the mobility and basic materials industries," explains Detlev Woesten, Chief Sustainability Officer of the H&R Group and co-CEO of P2X- Europe.

Market leader in power-to-X products
“By granting the PIN Award, the Portuguese Government has demonstrated its enabling attitude and given testimony of the country’s leading role as a European climate front runner, recommending Portugal as preferred location for the implementation of innovative Power-to-Liquid projects,” comments Dr. Christoph Weber. In this regard, the cooperation between The Navigator Company and P2X- Europe not only supports the project partners, but also the Portuguese government in achieving its climate targets. At the same time, it strengthens the supply base of H&R and Mabanaft. In this way, the joint venture's customers are accompanied in the best possible way on their path to climate neutrality: "Together with our own capacities and the expansion of our network, we provide the market with a broad and comprehensive range of CO2-reduced and even net zero future fuels and chemical products," says Volker Ebeling, Senior Vice President New Energy, Chemicals and Gas at Mabanaft.

Classification as "Project of National Interest" ensures speed of implementation in a dynamic market for climate-friendly products
With the project being supported by the Portuguese government, the approval process will be managed in a consolidated manner at both national and local level between all necessary institutions and potential administrative problems will be solved promptly, thus increasing planning certainty and reducing the time required. This is of immense importance for achieving the short-term climate protection targets in the various industrial sectors.

Contact:
P2X-Europe GmbH & Co. KG
Koreastraße 7
20457 Hamburg – Germany
Kirsten Grastorff, International Relations Manager
E-Mail: Kirsten.Grastorff@p2x-europe.com
M: +49 151 729 805 38
www.p2x-europe.com

P2X-Europe GmbH & Co. KG is an independent Power-to-Liquid (PtL) project development joint-venture, backed by two Hamburg-based German companies; the Mabanaft Group, a leading independent and integrated energy company, and the H&R Group, which develops and manufactures specialty chemical and pharmaceutical products. P2X-Europe develops, builds and invests in vertically integrated end-to-end Power-to-Liquid technology solutions to enable the market introduction of synthetic net-zero fuels from a variety of biogenic carbon sources. Based in Hamburg, the company has set the ambition to become a global leader in renewable hydrogen and green fuels with a focus on sustainable aviation fuels, and the company is building a strong and diverse portfolio of large-scale Power-to-X projects across industries and geographies.
www.p2x-europe.com

Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG is a leading independent and integrated energy company, providing its customers with innovative energy solutions for their transportation, heating and industrial needs. In addition, the company is active in trading petroleum products, natural gas liquids, chemicals and biofuels.
www.mabanaft.com/de

H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA, listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, is a specialty chemicals company active in the development and manufacture of crude oil-based specialty chemical and pharmaceutical products and in the production of precision plastic parts.
www.hur.com

Forward-looking statements and forecasts:
This press release contains forward-looking statements. The statements are based on the current estimates and forecasts by the Executive Board and the information available to the Board at this time. These forward-looking statements do not provide any warranty for the future developments and results contained therein. The future developments and results are dependent on a number of factors; they entail various risks and contingencies and are based on assumptions which could prove to be incorrect. We do not assume any responsibility for updating the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

About P2X-Europe


P2X-Europe is an international Power-to-Liquid (PtL) company in the sustainable e-fuels and chemicals business, which was established by Mabanaft GmbH & Co.KG and H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA, both headquartered in Hamburg, Germany.

P2X-Europe develops, builds and invests in vertically integrated and commercially proven innovative end-to-end technology solutions to enable the industrial-scale production and marketing of synthetic hydrocarbons. Key target markets for e-fuels are the aviation industry (eSAF) and selected road transportation sectors. Equally important are high value specialties like waxes to fulfil the needs of many different applications in the chemical-pharmaceutical industries.

Pioneering the configuration and commissioning of the world’s first technical scale hydrogen electrolyser and fully functional PtL demo plants, P2X-Europe covers the entire value chain – including renewable power, green hydrogen, carbon capture, syngas production, synthesis processing and product upgrading. P2X-Europe can provide drop-in ready products and benefits from direct market access via its shareholders Mabanaft and H&R.

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P2X-Europe GmbH & Co. KG
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