M&G cellulosic ethanol plant in Italy to go on line in September

01 May 2012 19:59  [Source: ICIS news]

ORLANDO, Florida (ICIS)--Italian producer Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G) will bring what it said is the world's first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant on stream in September, an executive with its engineering subsidiary said on Tuesday.

“We remain on track for a September start up,” said Dennis Leong, executive vice president of marketing and business development for Chemtex.

He made his comments during the World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing in Orlando, Florida.

The plant will be in Crescentino, Italy, and its feedstock will include wheat straw, rice straw, and giant cane. The plant will use Chemtex's Proesa technology.

Leong's presentation listed the plant's capacity as 60,000 tonnes/year, above an earlier stated capacity of 40,000 tonnes/year.

Leong made his remarks one day after Iogen Energy said it would not proceed with the construction of a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Canada.

Iogen Energy is a joint venture made up of Shell and Iogen Corp.

“That’s very bad news for our industry,” Leong remarked, but he remained optimistic about the sector.

"If anybody in this room has heard that cellulosic ethanol is a technology of the future, I'm here to tell you that what you've heard is wrong,” Leong said.

“And we put our money where our mouth is,” Leong added. “The technology is ready. Let's get this industry moving."

By: Clay Boswell
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