Maire Tecnimont subsidiary NextChem has been awarded a contract to build a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant for TotalEnergies in France, Marie Tecnimont announced on 3 June.

The 400,000 tonnes/year facility was part of TotalEnergies’ “Projet Galaxie” plan to convert its Grandpuits refinery into a zero-crude platform, Maire Tecnimont said, which would include a 100,000 tonnes/year bio refinery to produce compostable and biodegradable plastics.

TotalEnergies’ “Projet Galaxie” would produce SAF by mainly processing animal fats from Europe and used cooking oil (UCO).

The SAF plant was due to be operational in 2024, according to Marie Tecnimont.

“Signing this contract is an important milestone as it reinforces our commitment to speed up our growth in the renewable fuels market with the ambition to produce close to 5M tonnes of renewable fuels a year by 2030,” TotalEnergies senior vice president, renewable fuels, Virginie Merini said.

TotalEnergies is investing in low-carbon activities, including bioplastics and renewable fuels production, with the ambition of getting to net zero in Europe by 2050.

Maire Tecnimont heads an industrial group which is active in global natural resource conversion market and operates in 45 countries through 50 companies. Its subsidiary NextChem operates in the green chemicals and technologies sector in support of the energy transition.

France has set a target to use 2% of SAF by 2025 and 5% by 2030.