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LanzaTech extends commercialisation deal across the Tasman

LanzaTech is extending its relationship with New Zealand Steel with a new trans-Tasman agreement for a pilot project to convert waste gases to low carbon fuels and chemicals.

LanzaTech is extending its relationship with New Zealand Steel with a new trans-Tasman agreement for a pilot project to convert waste gases to low carbon fuels and chemicals.

The two companies initially established a partnership in 2008 when LanzaTech built its pilot plant to produce ethanol from waste gases at New Zealand Steel’s mill at Glenbrook in south Auckland.

Now a new deal gives New Zealand Steel, and its Australian parent company Bluescope Steel, the opportunity to use LanzaTech’s technology commercially.

Dr Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech’s chief executive, said this reflects LanzaTech’s move from technology development to technology commercialisation.

LanzaTech now has technical, strategic and commercial partnerships with global entities, including eight Fortune 500 global companies. Construction of the first 100,000 gallon a year demonstration scale plant using LanzaTech technology is being completed in China.012.

Since the New Zealand Steel pilot project, some of the ethanol produced at its Glenbrook site has been converted into aviation biofuel as well as fuel grade ethanol.

According to New Zealand Steel president Simon Linge, the agreement "helps build our various investments in a sustainable manufacturing business and continues our commitment to lower our environmental footprint".