03 November 2009 20:26 [Source: ICIS news]
PARIS (ICIS news)--BP said on Tuesday it plans to launch commercial-scale biobutanol production in the UK in 2012 or 2013 with capacity initially estimated at 420m litres/year (111m gal/year).
The plant will use wheat as a feedstock.
A demonstration plant at a BP site at
According to BP, biobutanol offers 25% higher fuel economy than ethanol, while enabling 60% higher gasoline blend levels than first-generation biofuels.
Unlike regular ethanol, biobutanol can be transported via existing pipelines and can be blended directly at the refinery, he said.
BP expects the cost to produce biobutanol to be equivalent to that of regular ethanol, he said.
The company said it also plans to launch cellulosic ethanol production in the
BP and Verenium expect to begin construction of a plant in
The project will require an investment of $250-300m, New said.
($1 = €0.68)
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