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UGI and Vertimass enter agreement to produce renewable fuels

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UGI Corporation has entered into a 15-year agreement with California-based Vertimass to utilise their catalytic technology to produce renewable fuels from renewable-ethanol in the US and Europe.
The agreement with the technology developer centres on the development of production facilities using Vertimass’ catalytic technology to convert renewable ethanol into renewable-propane and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The technology enables flexible production of the renewable fuels to align with regional market demand.
UGI anticipates a total investment of $500 million (€441 million) for the bolt-on production facilities over a 15-year period, including potential third party investment, with total production target from these aggregated facilities of approximately 1 billion gallons of combined renewable fuels per annum.
The goal is to have the first production facility onstream in fiscal year 2024 with an annual production target of approximately 50 million gallons of combined renewable fuels.
“This is another significant milestone in our commitment to providing renewable fuels to our customers,” said Roger Perreault, president and chief executive officer of UGI Corporation.
“Our business development team continues to seek out innovative opportunities and I am delighted with our newly established partnership with Vertimass. We believe this partnership will deliver significant renewable LPG for our customers as well as bring investment opportunity to interested stakeholders.”
Charles Wyman, Vertimass President and Chief Executive Officer, continued “Vertimass is extremely excited to work with UGI to commercialize our breakthrough technology. UGI and Vertimass have built strong relationships over the last year, which we believe will cement success.” Bill Shopoff, Vertimass Chair, noted “Together we will take advantage of this unique low-cost technology to transform ethanol facilities and produce renewable fuels that will cover UGI’s global footprint, as well as enable the production of SAF.”