Power-to-liquids production at the Hamburg H&R location is picking up speed

Hamburg  |  2 March 2022  |  Press release

Power-to-liquids production at the Hamburg H&R location is picking up speed

Press Contact

Volker Ebeling
Senior Vice President New Energy, Chemicals & Gas
Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG
+49 40 37004-0

Oleksandr Siromakha
Head of Sustainable Fuels
Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG
+49 40 37004-0

  • Mabanaft and H&R, together with technology partner INERATEC, are setting the next milestone in the production of specialty chemical products and e-fuels from renewable raw materials
  • P2X Europe ramps up operational business
  • Successful start of production preparation 

P2X Europe, the joint venture between H&R and Mabanaft, is gaining momentum: the production and marketing of synthesis-based e-fuels and waxes from renewable raw materials at the Hamburg site is set to start soon. With the innovative demonstration plant by technology partner INERATEC (located in Karlsruhe), around 200 metric tons of e-fuels per year for mobility, and around 150 metric tons of waxes for applications in the cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food industries will be produced. H&R and Mabanaft thus confirm their pioneering role in their respective business segments when it comes to climate protection. By the already existing electrolysis hydrogen capacity, both companies will benefit from the integration of the Power-to-Liquid (PtL) demonstration plant at the H&R production site. “We are currently filling the plant with the raw materials, CO2 and hydrogen, together with the INERATEC team. We are getting the reactors ready for operation and are making final adjustments to the setup”, says Detlev Wösten, Chief Sustainability Officer of H&R and Co-CEO of P2X Europe, about the current phase of production preparation. All project partners are looking forward to the final start of production and the first usable sustainably produced synthetic products.

Reliable partners for the energy transition

With the demonstration plant, the companies are creating the conditions for using sustainably produced hydrocarbons on an industrial scale. At the same time, they provide their customers with an important proof-of-concept and concrete evidence that they are reliable partners in the energy transition. “With this highly innovative system, we are gathering important know-how and validate the use of synthesis-based products. In the case of Mabanaft, this applies in particular to the use of e-fuels in road and air transportation”, explains Volker Ebeling, Senior Vice President New Energy, Chemicals & Gas at Mabanaft. 

Information on the potential of these products is particularly important to the partners; the en2x - Wirtschaftsverband Fuels & Energy uses this innovation by two of its members to demonstrate the transformation of the industry to the professional public and interested multipliers in an exemplary and practical way: with a mobile multimedia and information center. The "futurefuels.experience" offers visitor groups the opportunity to find out about important aspects of hydrogen and alternative fuels or raw materials and to discuss their contribution to climate protection; for example, how the PtL process produces synthesis-based, future-oriented fuels and heating materials, as well as raw materials for chemical-pharmaceutical special products from green hydrogen and high-purity biogenic carbon dioxide - for cross-sector use in areas of mobility, heat supply or chemical industry, which are otherwise difficult to decarbonise.

P2X Europe is the power-to-liquid joint venture of Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG and the H&R Group. Both partners hold equal shares in the Hamburg-based company. P2X Europe will source power-to-X products (e-fuels and petrochemical specialities) from corresponding projects and market them through the respective sales channels.

Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG is a leading independent and integrated energy company, providing its customers with innovative energy solutions for their transportation, heating and industrial needs. In addition, the company is active in trading petroleum products, natural gas liquids, chemicals and biofuels.

The Hansen & Rosenthal Group is active in the development, production and marketing of speciality chemicals. In association with the H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA, the Group operates two specialty refineries in Germany at the Hamburg and Salzbergen sites.