26 June 2012 18:53 [Source: ICIS news]
Butamax, which is offering ethanol producers access to its biobutanol technology, said that including
The eight producers have a combined capacity of about 900m gal/year (3.41bn litres/year) of ethanol from 11 plants. Big River alone has a capacity of 400m gal/year from four plants.
Butamax estimates that in order to successfully enter the fuels market with biobutanol, a production capacity of between 500m and 1bn gal/year is needed.
Butamax expects commercial biobutanol production to begin in 2014, it said.
“Once that retrofit is complete, we will retrofit multiple facilities simultaneously in waves,” Schools said.
“The exact number and timing of those waves will be determined by market demand,” she added.
In addition to biofuels companies, Butamax is in discussions with other strategic partners throughout the fuels value chain, Schools said.
“There is strong interest from refiners and fuel marketers who recognise the favourable attributes of biobutanol,” she said.
“Regulatory efforts are progressing well to enable Butamax’s 2014 commercial production schedule,” she added.
Butamax is a joint venture between DuPont and BP.
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