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Essential Energy USA signs contract with NextChem to build HVO plant in South America

Through its subsidiary NextChem, Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. and Essential Energy USA Corp. have signed a front-end engineering design contract and memorandum of understanding for construction of a new hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) manufacturing facility in South America.

The plant is expected to produce 200,000 tons per year (approximately 65 MMgy) of renewable diesel from vegetable oils, recycled greases and tallow. NextChem will be the EPC contractor for the project, which is anticipated to be operating in 2023.

“Our business in the biofuels sector and in particular in the renewable diesel segment is gradually growing and South America is a very interesting area for us,” said Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem. “Low carbon mandates in North America and Europe will drive strong demand and premium pricing. This, together with the availability of proven technologies and solid EPC capabilities, opens a path of market success for such investments. We are proud to be the partner of a sector-leader company such as Essential Energy USA Corp.”

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