Neste Oil, Stora Enso open biomass-to-liquids demonstration plant

11 June 2009 09:05  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Neste Oil and paper, packaging and forest products firm Stora Enso have inaugurated their new demonstration plant for biomass to liquids at Varkaus, Finland, the refining and marketing company said on Thursday.

Neste Oil said a 50:50 joint venture - NSE Biofuels Oy - had been established to develop the technology and to produce in commercial scale biocrude for renewable diesel using forestry residues.

The demonstration facility at Stora Enso’s Varkaus Mill includes a 12 MW gasifier.

It will be used to develop technologies and engineering solutions for a commercial-scale plant, said Neste Oil.

It added that the demonstration process units would cover all stages, including drying of biomass, gasification, gas cleaning and testing of Fischer-Tropsch catalysts.

"The inauguration of the facility in Varkaus is an important development step for us in our efforts to discover new renewable raw materials for traffic fuels, and forms an integral part of our contribution to helping society reach the climate-related goals set for traffic by the EU," said Matti Lievonen, president and CEO of Neste Oil.

The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) provided funding for NSE Biofuels' research and development through its programme BioRefine - New Biomass Products, and the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy provided finance for the demonstration facility investment.

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