Chilean firm mulls biomass-to-liquids projects

12 April 2011 20:32  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Chile’s ForEnergy is planning biomass-to-liquids (BTL) projects, a biofuels technology firm said on Tuesday. 

Germany’s CHOREN said it has been chosen as the synthesis-gas technology partner of ForEnergy's biomass-to-liquids (BTL) projects in Chile.

ForEnergy, a joint venture between Chile’s state energy firm Empresa Nacional del Petroleo (ENAP) and a group of Chilean wood producers, expects to conclude a study for a first wood-based BTL project in the coming months, CHOREN said, without disclosing financial or capacity details.

CHOREN said Chile, which is rich in wood resources, would be well-suited for wood-based BTL production.

CHOREN operates a wood-based BTL plant at Freiberg in Germany’s Saxony state. The plant runs on a version of the Fischer-Tropsch process.

Last year, the company announced a 23,000 tonne/year wood-based biofuels project in France.

CHOREN’s stakeholders include auto manufacturers Daimler and VW. Shell was a stakeholder in CHOREN from 2005-2009.

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