Green light from politicians to Statoil plan for bioethanol production  

2006.06.01
Regional politicians have given Statoil the green light to continue its plans to establish a bioethanol plant at Statoil's location in Kalundborg where it operates a refinery

Regional politicians have given Statoil the green light to continue its plans to establish a bioethanol plant at Statoil's facilities in Kalundborg where it operates a refinery. Statoil has now requested for rapid processing of a public sector authority report on the plant's impact on the environment which needs to be in place before Statoil can take a decision on building the DKK 600 - 800 m (USD 102 - 136 m) plant.

On Tuesday, Statoil was the first company in Denmark to launch petrol supplemented with bioethanol. The new product, Bio95, contains 5% bioethanol and it was introduced at 170 petrol stations throughout the country. The bioethanol is currently imported from Brazil through Statoil's sister company in Sweden.

A report shows that Zealand, where Statoil is located, has a production surplus of corn which could be used for first generation* bioethanol production. Lars Rosenløv, production director of Statoil in Denmark says: "I estimate that second generation technology will first become commercially available in 2010. So we see some market opportunities by starting with existing technology before then." The news was reported by Erhvervsbladet.

* First generation refers to bioethanol produced from crops such as sugar beet, maize and corn. Second generation bioethanol will be produced from waste products such as garbage, straw and wood chips - Ed.

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