RNS Number : 6369T


26 November 2021

26 November 2021


("EQTEC", the "Company" or the "Group")

Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Wood for Synthetic Natural Gas and Hydrogen Market Solutions

EQTEC plc (AIM: EQT), a world-leading gasification solutions company building a cleaner waste-to-energy industry , is pleased to announce that it has signed a Strategic Collaboration Agreement (the "Agreement") with Wood, a leading consulting and engineering company across energy and the built environment ("Wood").

Under the terms of the Agreement, the Company and Wood (the "Parties") will jointly target and pursue market opportunities for collaborative development and deployment of clean, waste-to-synthetic natural gas ("SNG") and waste-to-hydrogen solutions and delivery of related projects.

The Agreement is aimed at expanding availability and application of EQTEC's Advanced Gasification Technology and synthesis gas ("syngas") production into new markets, combining it with Wood's established VESTA methanation technology, engineering capabilities and capacity for scale. The Parties anticipate joint development of new capabilities and solutions to lead innovations in the emerging market for renewable SNG and hydrogen and support the drive to net zero.


 --   The Parties have signed a Strategic Collaboration Agreement 
       through which they intend to pursue opportunities for further 
       rollout and successful application of EQTEC Advanced Gasification 
       Technology in new markets, complemented by Wood's technologies, 
       leading engineering capabilities, market access and global 
 --              The Company and Wood will collaborate to: 
                  o Assess and target specific market opportunities for deployment 
                  of new commercial solutions for SNG and hydrogen production 
                  from syngas, based on EQTEC's proven and proprietary Advanced 
                  Gasification Technology; 
                  o Develop and deploy waste-to-SNG and hydrogen solutions, uniting 
                  the Company's leading-edge gasification capabilities and Wood's 
                  proprietary VESTA methanation and other ancillary technologies; 
                  o Establish a Collaboration Management Team ("CMT") that will 
                  advise and propose opportunities to the Parties for joint pursuit; 
                  o For each market opportunity identified, clarify the commercial 
                  business case in order to safeguard the competitiveness of 
                  the offering(s); 
 --   For any customer-facing project undertaken by the Parties, 
       one of the two Parties will be agreed as the lead for customer 
       interaction and will sub-contract to the other Party, under 
       terms clearly defined for collaborative working; and 
 --   The Parties anticipate that all work undertaken jointly by 
       them would be governed by the Agreement, whether it be within 
       the immediate focus of SNG and hydrogen solutions or not. 

Jeff Vander Linden, COO of EQTEC, commented:

"The markets for SNG and hydrogen are maturing rapidly. EQTEC's unique capabilities in producing high-quality syngas have always positioned us well as a supplier of intermediate fuel for both applications. This collaboration agreement with Wood is an important start to our entry into these growth markets. Wood's teams are among the very best at what they do, and we are excited to have the opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with them to bring our waste-to-syngas capabilities to new solutions in more geographies. With Wood, we believe we will open new markets and add further credibility to our assertion that EQTEC advanced gasification has a clear place in the clean energy ecosystem of the present and future."

Brian McCarthy, Vice President of Technology and Products at Wood, commented:

"Wood has a long-established experience in the development of technologies for low carbon intensity fuels and hydrogen. Our VESTA methanation technology enables producers of clean syngas, such as EQTEC, to connect to existing natural gas networks, offering an alternative route to distribute the low carbon energy produced by EQTEC's Advanced Gasification Technology .

"By combining EQTEC's and Wood's breakthrough technologies and leveraging our combined capabilities, this collaboration will provide the opportunity to innovate and create solutions to support the path to net zero."

More information

As previously announced, EQTEC in October 2020 awarded an independent technology and market review to Wood, both of which were completed in Q1 2021. The independent market review assessed the potential for market expansion of the Company's technology solutions for a variety of waste types with a remit to report technology availability, regional policies, regulations and capital cost comparisons.

This announcement contains inside information as defined in Article 7 of the EU Market Abuse Regulation No 596/2014 and has been announced in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of that Regulation.


 EQTEC plc                                         +44 203 883 7009 
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 Strand Hanson - Nomad & Financial Adviser         +44 20 7409 3494 
 James Harris / James Dance 
 Arden Partners - Joint Broker                     +44 20 7614 5900 
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 Canaccord Genuity - Joint Broker                  +44 20 7523 8000 
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  / Patrick Dolaghan 
 Alma PR - Financial Media & Investor Relations    +44 20 3405 0205 
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 BECG - General Media Enquiries                     7867 452 269 
 Carrie Lowe / Tom Gosschalk                       EQTEC@BECG.com 

About EQTEC plc

As one of the world's most experienced gasification technology and engineering companies, with a growing track record of delivering operational and commercial success for transforming waste-to-energy through best-in-class technology innovation, engineering and project development , EQTEC brings together design innovation, project delivery discipline and solid commercial experience to add momentum to the global energy transition. EQTEC's proven, proprietary and patented technology is at the centre of clean energy projects, sourcing local waste, championing local businesses, creating local jobs and supporting the transition to localised, decentralised and resilient energy systems.

EQTEC designs, supplies and builds advanced gasification facilities in the UK, EU and US, with highly efficient equipment that is modular and scalable from 1MW to 30MW. EQTEC's versatile solutions process over 50 varieties of feedstock, including forestry wood waste, vegetation and other agricultural waste from farmers, industrial waste and sludge from factories and municipal waste, all with no hazardous or toxic emissions . EQTEC's solutions produce a pure, high-quality synthesis gas ("syngas") that can be used for the widest range of applications, including the generation of electricity and heat, production of synthetic natural gas (through methanation) or biofuels (through Fischer-Tropsch, gas-to-liquid processing) and reforming of hydrogen.

EQTEC's technology integration capabilities enable the Group to lead collaborative ecosystems of qualified partners and to build sustainable waste reduction and green energy infrastructure around the world.

The Company is quoted on AIM (ticker: EQT) and the London Stock Exchange has awarded EQTEC the Green Economy Mark, which recognises listed companies with 50% or more of revenues from environmental/green solutions.

Further information on the Company can be found at www.eqtec.com .

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