CMA CGM and ENGIE will jointly invest in the Salamander project for the production of 2nd generation biomethane

  • The first specification of the strategic partnership signed in November 2021 between ENGIE and CMA CGM Group.
  • CMA CGM has become a shareholder of the Salamander project, the launch of which is scheduled for the end of 2022.
  • Salamander plans to produce 11,000 tonnes of second-generation biomethane per year with a phased start-up in 2026 with a total investment of €150 million.
  • This project is the first step in a joint ambition to produce up to 200,000 tons of renewable gas per year worldwide by 2028.

CMA CGM Group, a global player in maritime, land, air and logistics solutions, and ENGIE, a leading global low-carbon energy and services group, today announce their willingness to jointly invest in the Salamander project, the first commercial and industrial biomethane production facility known as 2thousand generation and their intention to produce up to 200,000 tonnes of renewable gas per year worldwide by 2028 for CMA CGM and the shipping industry.

The majority stake in the industry is owned by ENGIE and CMA CGM Group. The location is expected to be opened in Le Havre with the support of Le Havre Seine Métropole as part of the Le Havre Future Investment Program. , a smart port city”. The plant will run on dry biomass from local wood waste and solid secondary fuel and will use the pyrogasification technique. Starting in 2026, the company plans to produce 11,000 tons of biomethane per year.

The investment decision by the two groups is planned for the end of 2022. The request for support was submitted to the Innovation Fund of the European Commission. By developing the renewable gas sector and the Salamander project, CMA CGM and ENGIE contribute to the independence and energy transition goals set by the European Commission in the RepowerEU plan.

The goal is 200,000 tons of renewable gas per year worldwide by 2028

CMA CGM Group and ENGIE announce on this occasion their desire to produce 200,000 tonnes of renewable gas per year by 2028 in Europe and worldwide for the needs of CMA CGM and the shipping industry, an ambition in which the Salamander project registers.

CMA CGM, which has set itself the goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, currently has a fleet of 30 dual-fuel vessels ready to use e-methane, which is to be increased to 77 ships by the end of 2026.

The dual-fuel gas engine technology developed by CMA CGM, which currently runs on LNG, is already capable of using bio-LNG as well as synthetic methane. In particular, this fuel makes it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 67% compared to VLSFO (Fuel oil with very low sulfur content) in well-to-wake (full value chain). It is in this context that CMA CGM and ENGIE aim to contribute to the creation of a renewable gas sector on an industrial scale.

Salamander, local renewable energy and a specific commitments to the Le Havre region

Specific translation the desire of the two groups to promote the production and distribution of renewable gas in Europe and especially in France, Salamander — la large-scale transfer of 10 years of research and development carried out by ENGIE1 in the GAYA project, which demonstrated the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of renewable gas production.

The Salamander project also echoes CMA CGM’s commitment to the Le Havre region, where it is planned to build. The leading domestic shipping company in terms of market share, CMA CGM has been around since 1994 and even since 1863 through CGM. 15 weekly flights serve the Port of Le Havre, demonstrating its strategic importance to the CMA CGM Group, and the local office employs over 400 staff.

Two French groups have joined the Coalition for Tomorrow’s Energy to support sustainable mobility

The CMA CGM and ENGIE groups have also been working together for several years within the Coalition for the Energy of Tomorrow, launched at the end of 2019 during the Assises de l’Economie de la Mer by Rodolphe Saade and supported by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron. The work of the Coalition continues to accelerate the development of the energy and technologies of the future, support new models of sustainable mobility and thus reduce the impact of transport and logistics on the climate.

For Christine Cabau Verel, CMA CGM Group Central Executive, responsible for Industrial Assets and Operations: In order to achieve his oWith the goal of Net Zero Carbone by 2050, the CMA CGM Group wishes to build strong industrial partnerships at the moment, led by ENGIE and with the common goal of producing up to 200,000 tonnes of renewable gas per year by 2028. The first industrial implementation of this partnership, Salamander is an advanced pilot project that promotes participation in the development of the renewable gas sector, true to the goals of independence and energy transition proposed by the European Commission in the RepowerEU plan.

For Edouard Sauvage, Deputy Managing Director responsible for ENGIE Infrastructure : “ENGIE is innovating with a new sector of local second-generation biomethane production from wood waste, based on pyrogasification energy production technology. The scale of this project demonstrates our ambition and our acceleration in renewable gas production, and demonstrates our ability to support leading companies in their transition to net zero carbon. We are happy and proud to be running this promotion in partnership with CMA CGM and to move forward together at this important stage in our ambitions for the energy of the future.”