LanzaTech and OFC to deploy carbon recycling technology in Saudi Arabia

LanzaTech Global, the carbon recycling company transforming waste carbon into sustainable raw materials, and Olayan Financing Company (OFC), the parent company of The Olayan Group’s businesses and investments in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, have formed a joint venture company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to accelerate the commercial deployment of LanzaTech’s carbon recycling technology in hard-to-abate industries within the Kingdom. The joint venture will deploy and develop projects utilising LanzaTech’s carbon recycling technology within KSA and selectively across the broader Middle East.

Focusing on a region with strong decarbonisation goals, this partnership intends to enable LanzaTech to deploy its commercial technology more quickly and broadly across multiple sectors using a range of waste carbon feedstocks, including waste industrial gases and solid waste feedstocks. It will also explore opportunities to further develop projects that are fully integrated with the LanzaJet® Alcohol-to-Jet process to produce sustainable aviation fuel.

Energy-intensive industries licence LanzaTech’s biorecycling technology to reduce carbon emissions, create new revenue streams and accelerate the long-term transition to more climate-friendly business models. The raw materials from LanzaTech’s recycled carbon allow consumer brands to reduce supply chain emissions and respond to the growing consumer demand for more sustainable products. The newly formed joint venture company will bring decarbonisation solutions to multiple customers and asset owners within KSA and the broader Middle East, enabled by LanzaTech’s platform.

“The Olayan Group, since its founding in 1947, has grown and developed businesses as the Kingdom’s economy grew and developed for the last 75+ years,” said Nabeel Al-Amudi, CEO of the OFC, “our newest joint venture with LanzaTech is an extension of this proud tradition. LanzaTech’s unique, cost competitive, and environmentally friendly technology is a perfect fit to meet the Kingdom’s decarbonisation goals in hard to abate industries and compliments the Kingdom’s Carbon Circular Economy framework. We look forward to developing multiple projects in the Kingdom and selectively across the region.”

“As our process uses distributed waste-based feedstocks, we have a model that is scalable all across the globe using waste streams that are specific to each country,” said Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. “To succeed in financing this new distributed, circular carbon economy, we need to bring together capital and technology to achieve exponential growth. We are taking meaningful steps toward solving our carbon problem today. Through this joint venture we can get more steel in the ground and more plants online to capture and recycle waste carbon. We remain committed to achieving our long-term climate goal of abating gigatons of carbon emissions.”

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