This partnership aims to produce synthetic methane from dry biomass waste. [Image: NextChem]

By Shardul Sharma

Italy's NextChem and French energy company Engie have entered into a strategic cooperation agreement to spearhead the development and commercialisation of biomethane technology to produce synthetic methane from dry biomass waste, NectChem said on February 6

Under the terms of the collaboration, NextChem Tech, a unit of NextChem, will serve as a strategic partner and co-developer of the biomethane production process, leveraging the proprietary technologies of both NextChem and Engie. The focal point of industrialisation for this technology will be the Salamandre project, located in Le Havre, France.

Once successfully implemented through the Salamandre project, NextChem Tech is poised to assume a global role as the exclusive licensor of the integrated biomethane production package. 

"We are proud to consolidate our strategic partnership with ENGIE by supporting its path towards decarbonization and accelerating the achievement of the bio-methane production targets set by the European Union," Mohammed Nafid, CEO of NextChem Tech, said.