Copenhagen, Denmark – Following the announcement of six strategic green methanol partnerships across the globe earlier this year, A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) adds a seventh methanol partnership with Chinese bioenergy enterprise Debo on the quest to boost global production capacity.

The parties have signed a Letter of Intent covering Debo’s plans to develop a bio-methanol project for Maersk in China with capacity of 200,000 tonnes per year to start commercial operation by fall 2024.

Maersk has set an ambitious end-to-end net-zero goal for 2040 and the availability of green methanol at scale is critical to our fleet’s transition to sustainable energy. Partnerships across ecosystems and geographies are essential for the scale-up needed in order to make meaningful progress on this agenda already in this decade. Therefore, we are delighted to welcome Debo on this journey.

Berit Hinnemann
Head of Green Fuels Sourcing, A.P. Moller - Maersk.

The feedstock for the green bio-methanol will be agricultural residues. Maersk intends to offtake the full volume produced.

The use of green methanol as marine fuel to replace the existing fossil fuel is groundbreaking in the container shipping history and will strongly promote the development of green shipping. It is a great honor for Debo to work with A.P. Moller - Maersk to promote the commercialization of the green methanol industrial chain. I firmly believe that through the cooperation, we are able to realize the commercial production and industrial conversion of green methanol and contribute to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Zhang Shoujun
Chairman and General Manager, Debo.

In March, Maersk announced six partnerships with CIMC ENRIC, European Energy, Green Technology Bank, Orsted, Proman, and WasteFuel with the intent of sourcing at least 730,000 tonnes/year by end of 2025 - well beyond the green methanol needed for the first 12 green container vessels currently on order.

Production Capacity Estimation Table

Strategic Partners Type of fuel Production Capacity in 2024 (end of year) tonnes/year Production Capacity in 2025 (end of year) tonnes/year Production capacity added after 2025 tonnes/year Geography
Strategic Partners
CIMC ENRIC
Type of fuel
bio-methanol
Production Capacity in 2024 (end of year) tonnes/year
50,000
Production Capacity in 2025 (end of year) tonnes/year
-
Production capacity added after 2025 tonnes/year
200,000
Geography
China
Strategic Partners
Debo
Type of fuel
bio-methanol
Production Capacity in 2024 (end of year) tonnes/year
200.000
Production Capacity in 2025 (end of year) tonnes/year

-

Production capacity added after 2025 tonnes/year

-

Geography

-

Strategic Partners
European Energy
Type of fuel
e-methanol
Production Capacity in 2024 (end of year) tonnes/year

-

Production Capacity in 2025 (end of year) tonnes/year
2-300,000
Production capacity added after 2025 tonnes/year

-

Geography
North & South America
Strategic Partners
GTB
Type of fuel
bio-methanol
Production Capacity in 2024 (end of year) tonnes/year
50,000
Production Capacity in 2025 (end of year) tonnes/year

-

Production capacity added after 2025 tonnes/year
300,000
Geography
China
Strategic Partners
Orsted
Type of fuel
e-methanol
Production Capacity in 2024 (end of year) tonnes/year

-

Production Capacity in 2025 (end of year) tonnes/year
300,000
Production capacity added after 2025 tonnes/year

-

Geography
North America
Strategic Partners
Proman
Type of fuel
bio & e-methanol
Production Capacity in 2024 (end of year) tonnes/year

-

Production Capacity in 2025 (end of year) tonnes/year
100,000
Production capacity added after 2025 tonnes/year

-

Geography
North America
Strategic Partners
WasteFuel
Type of fuel
bio-methanol
Production Capacity in 2024 (end of year) tonnes/year
30,000
Production Capacity in 2025 (end of year) tonnes/year

-

Production capacity added after 2025 tonnes/year

-

Geography
South America
Strategic Partners
TOTAL
Type of fuel
-
Production Capacity in 2024 (end of year) tonnes/year
330,000
Production Capacity in 2025 (end of year) tonnes/year
6-700,000
Production capacity added after 2025 tonnes/year
500,000
Geography

-

About Debo

Debo is a high-tech enterprise covering bioenergy technology research and development, production, sales, and operation. The company has committed to the research and industrial application of biomass thermal conversion for more than 15 years with more than 100 biomass gasification projects built in China and abroad.  Debo has rich experience in biomass gasification to synthesize green methanol, natural gas, hydrogen, and aviation kerosene production and established a complete intellectual property protection system.

About A.P. Moller - Maersk

A.P. Moller - Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs over 100,000 people.

For more information, please contact:

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