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Maire awarded $400-million EPC contract for new HVO unit at refinery in Hamburg

| By Mary Bailey

MAIRE S.p.A. (Milan) announced that its subsidiary KT – Kinetics Technology (Integrated E&C Solutions), also leveraging the technological know-how of NEXTCHEM (Sustainable Technology Solutions), has been awarded by HOLBORN Europa Raffinerie GmbH (HOLBORN) an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) project to develop an Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) complex inside the existing HOLBORN’s refinery in Hamburg, Germany.

Once completed, the plant will produce approximately 220,000 tons per year of high-quality renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using waste and residues feedstocks, biomasses and the residues of the agribusiness industry, as well as low carbon hydrogen. 

The plant is expected to be operational in early 2027, including the pre-treatment and HVO units, and the interconnecting infrastructure with the existing facilities. The award has a value of around $400 million.

HVO, also known as renewable diesel, is a fuel made from waste and residue feedstocks, which is processed tohave the same chemical properties of fossil-based diesel, with the advantage of decreasing the reliance on petroleum and reduce the environmental impact. It is used worldwide as a drop-in biofuel in diesel vehicles with no engine modifications. Furthermore, renewable diesel can drastically abate greenhouse gas emissions compared tofossil-based diesel, meeting the sustainability criteria of the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED III).

MAIRE will leverage both its Sustainable Technology Solutions’ technological know-how as well as its Integrated E&C Solutions’ engineering and execution distinctive capabilities to deliver an HVO complex which will bringseveral advantages in terms of operational efficiency and carbon footprint reduction to HOLBORN Refinery. 

Alessandro Bernini, Chief Executive Officer of MAIRE Group, commented: “This important success confirms the pivotal role of MAIRE Group in the Energy Transition, and its ability to take on the decarbonization challenges in hard-to-abate sectors, by leveraging on its unparalleled technological portfolio and know how integrated by world-class engineering and execution capabilities.”