French energy engineering company Technip has signed an agreement with Dutch company BTG BioLiquids (BTL) to design and build the pyrolysis plants for biomass-to-oil production.

As part of the agreement, Technip will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for BTL's modular pyrolysis plants.

The plants will feature BTL's Fast Pyrolysis Oil (FPO) technology, which uses rapid pyrolysis process to turn biomass into oil.

Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology president Stan Knez said: "This partnership with BTL will enable Technip to take our development further in a market which is of strategic importance to many of our clients.”

Technip said that the deal will allow it to better respond to future green projects by linking biomass with the petrochemical and refining industries.

The FPO applications include heat, power, transport fuels and potential bio-based chemicals, according to the announcement.

BTL managing director Gerhard Muggen said: "This agreement will allow our technology company to launch its global roll-out.

“The strong combination of Technip and BTL will now start to offer turnkey pyrolysis plants and services to industrial companies seeking to develop new bio-sourced applications and anticipate the transition to a bio-based economy.”

The deal will integrate BTL’s experience in the design and commercial operation of FPO production facilities with Technip’s experience in technology, engineering, procurement and construction.

The two companies will also work on development of commercial uses for FPO as renewable fuel and petrochemical feedstock.

Technip’s operating center in Zoetermeer, Netherlands will manage the scope of work.