Here you can find more information about the “EGgPLANT” grant project which is being supported by the European Investment Council (EIC) under the SME Instrument (Phase 2).


What is EGgPLANT?

EGgPLANT is short for: Sustainable and carbon-efficient mono-Ethylene Glycol generation in demonstration PLANT.

Mono-ethylene glycol (MEG)

  • MEG is a key monomer in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene furanoate (PEF) plastics.


  • 99% of MEG produced globally is derived from a petrochemical source.

  • Currently, commercially available bio-based MEG is made by an inefficient, expensive process prohibiting its widespread use.


  • Avantium has developed the one-step ‘Mekong’ process for producing a drop-in bio-MEG from renewable resources.
  • The Mekong process produced bio-MEG from renewable resources that can compete with existing petrochemical MEG in both cost and quality.

Development Target:

  • To build a demonstration plant (11 ton/year) which allows for the technoeconomic validation of the process in addition to producing sample material in support of scale-up to industrial volumes.

Key Persons Involved:

  • Ronny Pals – Plant Manager
  • Paula Claassens-Dekker – Project Leader and Operations Manager
  • Ed de Jong – Vice President, Development
  • Eelco Blum – Vice President, Business Development
  • Ben McKay – Vice President, Innovation
  • Zanna McFerson – Managing Director, Renewable Chemistries
  • Gert-Jan Gruter – Chief Technology Officer

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Media inquiries

For media inquiries, please contact:
Caroline van Reedt Dortland, Director Communications
Tel: +31 (0)20 586 0110