INEOS Bio studies 24,000tonne/year UK waste to bioethanol plant

INEOS Bio studies 24,000tonne/year UK waste to bioethanol plant

04 November 2009 13:58  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--INEOS Bio has started a £3.5m (€3.8m/$5.7m) feasibility study for a household waste to bio-ethanol plant at its Seal Sands site in the northeast of the UK, and will investigate the possibility of building a bio-refinery at the site, the company said on Wednesday.

The study, which includes detailed engineering design work, is for a possible 24,000 tonne/year unit to use its new municipal waste to biofuels and energy process. An investment decision on the plant could be made in 2010.

A world-scale bio-refinery at Seal Sands could be operational by 2015, INEOS Bio said.

“Converting household organic wastes into bio-fuel and clean energy can deliver very attractive environmental and social benefits to the North East and the UK as a whole,” INEOS Bio CEO Peter Williams said.

“Essentially, our aim is to provide bio-fuel for cars and bio-energy at competitive cost without harming the environment, with very low or zero net carbon emissions and without competing with food production.

“The challenge now, in the current economic environment, is to commercialise in Europe,” he added.

The INEOS Bio process uses an anaerobic fermentation step to convert gases from biomass directly into ethanol.

The process was developed in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with biotech company Bioengineering Resources, and has been used at a pilot plant since 2003.

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