03 July 2006 00:00 [Source: ICB]
Green Spirit Fuels has announced plans to build its second UK-based bioethanol plant in Humberside in the northeast, with twice the capacity of its first unit.
The company plans to produce 700 000 tonne/year of bioethanol by 2010 from four or five UK plants.
Malcolm Shepherd, managing director, says: ‘At the same time as we have been working to find the right technology partners, we have also been developing other UK sites on which to build bioethanol plants.’
Green Spirit Fuels has a strategic partnership with two major engineering firms – M&W Zander and GEA Wiegand – as the construction contractor and process technology provider for its bioethanol plants.
Green Spirit’s first bioethanol plant will be located at Henstridge in Somerset. Construction will start in the next few weeks, and the plant will come onstream in spring 2008 producing 105 000 tonne/year.
The second site in Humberside will produce 200 000 tonne/year, but the start-up date is yet to be finalised.
Green Spirit Fuels was founded by grain trader Wessex Grain in June 2005. In September 2005, it secured development funding. In January 2006, it received planning permission for its first site in Somerset.
Recently, there has been a rash of bio-projects announced globally, with several new facilities destined for the UK. The huge increase in bio-development is due to an expected rise in demand for bioethanol, following the introduction of the EU Bio-Fuels Directive, which has set a target of a 5.75% inclusion of biofuels in the transportation fuel mix by 2010.
British Sugars hopes to build the UK’s first bioethanol plant in Wissington, Norfolk, by H1 2007. This plant will produce 70m litre/year of bioethanol from sugar beet, using a process developed by India’s bioethanol technology firm Praj Industries.
Praj has signed a memorandum of understanding with Aker Kvaerner in a bid to win a share of the growing European market for bioethanol projects.
Only last week BP and DuPont announced plans to jointly develop biobutanol for the UK market by 2007.
BP also plans to spend $500m on bioscience research over the next ten years. It is in talks with universities in the US and the UK to find a host for its Energy Biosciences Institute; the first of its kind globally.
|AB Bioenergy France||Lacq, France||180 000||H2 2007|
|Agrana||Pischeldsdorf, Austria||192 000||Q2 2007|
|Bio-Tech Energy/CSLM Holding||Marcali, Hungary||2008|
|British Sugar||Wissington, UK||56 000||Q1 2007|
|Cespa||Huelva, Spain||200 000||2007|
|Dosbion 2010||Cadiz, Spain||200 000||H1 2008|
|Castille, Spain||100 000||H1 2009|
|Ebro Puleva||Castille-La Mancha, Spain||100 000||-|
|Ebro Puleva/Abengoa||Salamanca, Spain||200 000||Q2 2006|
|Enviral||Leopoldava, Slovakia||100 000||2008|
|Futura Petroleum||Amsterdam, Netherlands||110 000||2007|
|Green Spirit Fuels||Humberside, UK||200 000||-|
|Henstridge, UK||105 000||Q2 2008|
|Gyori Szeszgyar es Finomito||Hungary||(x)12 800T||-|
|Royal Nedalco||Netherlands||160 000||-|
|Torrelavega, Spain||100 000||late 2007|
|Südzucker||Wanz, Belgium||240 000||Q3 2008|
|Zeitz, Germany||(x)288 000T||-|
|SWP Trading||Horni Sucha, Czech Republic||2007/08|
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