Artist impression van de AMA-fabriek

Plant to convert non-recyclable waste into methanol to be based in Port of Amsterdam

GIDARA Energy has chosen the port of Amsterdam as the location for its biofuel plant Advanced Methanol Amsterdam (AMA). This plant will convert previously non-recyclable waste into methanol.

The AMA plant will produce approximately 87.5 KTA (kilotons per annum) of renewable methanol a year. This is equivalent to the waste from 290,000 households that would otherwise be sent to landfill or incinerated. The plant is expected to open in 2023.

Reduce carbon emissions

Methanol is used for blending with fuels and is one of the most widely used raw materials in the chemical industry. It is also seen as a sustainable marine and transport fuel for the future. The methanol produced in a green way at the AMA plant is a sustainable alternative to methanol produced from fossil fuels. It helps to reduce carbon emissions and thereby contributes to the national and European goals to cut carbon emissions. GIDARA Energy is striving for better and sustainable fuels, whereby all waste flows and energy released are reused.

Proven technology

The plant uses HTW technology to convert non-recyclable waste into valuable end-products. HTW stands for 'High Temperature Winkler Gasification Technology’, and is a refinement of a proven gasification technology. 

In addition to the plant, there will also be a test facility and a knowledge centre to further develop the technology and gain experience with various waste flows.


The biofuel plant will be built at BioPark. This is a development site in the Port of Amsterdam for producers of renewable fuels. In order to meet the needs of its customers, Port of Amsterdam and its partners are investing in energy infrastructure for hydrogen, steam, electricity and CO2. There are a number of terminals nearby to collaborate on the storage, transhipment and blending of raw materials. BioPark also has a 365 metre long deep-water quay. This makes BioPark an attractive location for these circular customers.

Lead the way in the transition to a sustainable society

Port of Amsterdam wants to lead the way in the transition to a sustainable society. Roon van Maanen, Head of Energy & Circular Industry at Port of Amsterdam, says: "As part of the energy transition, we are working on expanding sustainable fuels within our port. We want to reduce emissions and are fully committed to circular production. Port of Amsterdam is helping the companies in its area to reduce their emissions to zero and is striving for a 55% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. The AMA initiative creates a good link between waste processing and the renewable fuels industry. We are proud that GIDARA Energy has chosen the Port of Amsterdam and is thereby contributing to our sustainability ambitions.”

Visit the website of GIDARA Energy to find out more about them and the AMA factory.