09 February 2007 10:28 [Source: ICIS news]PRAGUE (ICIS news)--The first commercially available biodiesel from Elstar Oils’ will not be available until the second quarter of this year at the earliest, the Polish company said on Friday.
It added that test runs of the unit in Malbork had begun but technical reasons meant it would not be possible to bring it fully onstream in the first quarter as was previously hoped.
Elstar Oils intended to gradually raise the initial 50,000 tonne/year capacity of the facility to 150,000 tonne/year. This could take approximately 12 months, the company said.
KBC Securities expected Elstar Oils to export all of its 2007 biodiesel output because of the Polish government’s decision to cut excise duty relief available on biofuels. The move led PKN Orlen subsidiary Rafinerie Trzebinia to indefinitely suspend production and sales of its ON BIO biodiesel.
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