18 July 2006 12:38 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Lurgi has won a €95m ($119m)contract with Northeast Biofuels to build a bioethanol plant at Volney, in the US state of New York, the German engineering company said on Tuesday.
Expected to go on stream in December 2007, the plant will produce 300,000 tonnes/year of ethanol from corn (maize). It will be the first bioethanol plant in Northeast US, according to Lurgi.
In addition to the bioethanol plant, GEA Group member Lurgi will construct on the site a 326,000 tonnes/year carbon dioxide plant and a facility to produce 367,000 tonnes/year of animal feed. The plants will supply the food and beverage industry, said Lurgi.
In the past year, Lurgi has won several contracts to construct biofuels plants, including projects in Kansas, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany. Its contract from Northeast Biofuels brings Lurgi's order book to over €700m.
The increase in bioethanol and biodiesel investment in Europe reflects European Union (EU) legislation mandating minimum levels of biofuels in transport fuels.
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