International Sugar Journal

Germany – Construction of the new €550 million UPM’s biorefinery has commenced [Full subscriber]

The Finnish pulp and paper producer UPM commenced the construction of the state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany on 7th October.

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Australia – Mossman Sugar Mill gets US$17.6 million state aid for a new biorefinery [Full subscriber]

The Queensland government recently committed AU$25 million (US$17.6 million) to establish an innovative bio-refinery that would secure the future of the Mossman Mill owned by Far Northern Milling.

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Romania – Clariant to build 50,000 t capacity cellulosic ethanol plant [Registered]

Clariant has secured an approval from its board of directors to invest in a new commercial scale plant in south-west Romania to produce cellulosic ethanol.

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Renmatix plans to open first commercial biorefinery in 2016 [Registered]

Renmatix’s patented Plantrose process conversion technology uses supercritical water to produce cellulosic sugars from lignocellulosic feedstock. These sugars are then made available for conversion into biofuels or biochemicals via variety of microbes, whether purposefully engineered to produce a particular molecule or not engineeered.

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France – Total to convert another refinery into a biorefinery [Registered]

The French refiners have made losses of 3.5 billion euros ($3.8 billion) over the past six years, reported Bloomberg. The planned closure of the La Mède site follows the end of refining operations in Reichstett (Bas-Rhin), Dunkerque (Nord), Petit-Couronne (Seine-Maritime) and Berre (also Bouches-du-Rhône) over the last four years.

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