Mekong Demonstration Plant Opening

Welcome to the official opening of Avantium’s new sugars-to-glycols demonstration plant. The construction of the facility is now almost complete and we look forward to seeing you at Chemiepark Delfzijl on Thursday, 7 November where together we will celebrate a significant milestone on our path to a fossil-free future. Avantium’s Mekong technology is a highly efficient one-step hydrogenolysis process which produces mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) and mono-propylene glycol (1,2-PG) from plant-based industrial sugars. The end-to-end demonstration plant will cover all process steps from sugars to glycols, which will allow for the production of MEG and 1,2-PG samples that are representative of the final product from subsequent commercial plants.

Schedule *

Thursday, November 7


08:30 – Meet at designated location

Avantium will welcome all guests at an accessible location in Groningen area and offer complimentary transport to the Mekong demonstration plant in Chemiepark Delfzijl. Arriving directly at the location with a personal vehicle is not possible due to safety regulations (safety training will be given in the bus).

09:00 – Depart for Chemiepark Delfzijl

09:45 – Bus tour around Chemiepark Delfzijl

10:00 – Arrival at Mekong Demonstration Plant

10:15 – Welcome by Tom van Aken, CEO Avantium

10:45 – Official Opening

11:00 – Demonstration plant tours

Guests will be organized in groups of 10 for a 10-minute walk through the facility. 

11:30 – Celebration

Drinks and bites will be served.

12:00 – Departure

The bus will return all guests to the original location.

15:00 – Online Opening

Avantium Studios will present a special online opening event including footage from the live event in the morning, as well as conversations with key industry leaders and influencers. All invitees, including those who attended the morning, will receive unique log-in credentials to access the online event no later than Wednesday, 6 November.



* Slight changes to times and locations in this schedule are possible up to 1 week prior to the event

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Media inquiries

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