Egypt signs large scale green menthol deal

The prime minister of Egypt has backed a deal with specialist company C2X  which is designed to establish the country’s ability for the large scale production of green menthol.

The comprehensive Framework Agreement (FWA) was signed by C2X, its Egyptian sponsors and partners, in the presence of Mostafa Madbouli  and will enable and accelerate plans to deliver large scale production of green methanol in Egypt.

Under the deal C2X is aiming to build, own, and operate assets to produce green methanol at scale with A.P. Moller Holding as majority owner and A.P. Moller – Maersk as minority owner.

“The Framework Agreement is deepening 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),” C2X explained.

Those 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,” explained Brian Davis, CEO of C2X.

Mr. Waleid Gamal El-Dien, SCZONE’s Chairman, added: “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 FWA moves it to a deeper level of collaboration with more advanced technical and commercial feasibility studies towards the shared objective. Following completion of these studies, the parties will proceed towards final investment agreements for the project.

C2X said it is aiming to make a “significant contribution to a fossil-free future” by accelerating the availability of green methanol in large quantities. It plans to develop, own and operate green methanol production facilities in strategic locations, which will serve to de-fossilise the chemical and shipping sectors.