International Sugar Journal

France – AFYREN starts construction of its first biorefinery to produce biobased organic acids [Full subscriber]

The French biotech start-up Afyren has begun construction of its first industrial-scale biorefinery at the Chemesis industrial platform located in France’s Grand Est region.

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Kazakhstan – New beet sugar factory in Zhambyl region now expected to be operational in 2023 [Full subscriber]

The government supported new beet sugar factory in Zhambyl region is now set to be completed in 2023, according to local press reports.

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Brazil – Albioma commissions US$23 million cane bagasse cogen plant [Full subscriber]

Renewable energy producer Albioma successfully completed on 25 December 2020 industrial commissioning of cane bagasse cogen unit Vale do Paraná Albioma plant in Suzanápolis in São Paulo state, according to the company’s press release.

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Canada – Enerkem, Shell and Suncor partner on US$684 million waste-to-biofuels plant [Full subscriber]

Waste-to-fuels firm Enerkem is partnering with Shell, Suncor, Proman, and Hydro-Québec to build a CA$875-million (US$684 million) renewable chemicals and biofuels plant in Varennes, near Montreal with the support of the Québec and Canadian governments.

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Austria – New US$43 million betaine plant commences operations in Tullin [Full subscriber]

Beta Pura GmbH, a joint venture between sugar producer Amalgamated Sugar Company and European fruit, starch, and sugar group AGRANA, recently started operations at its new US$43 million crystalline betaine production facility in Tulln, Austria.

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USA – Four new silos for Domino Sugar’s refinery costing US$21 million [Full subscriber]

The American Sugar Refining is to spend US$21 million to construct four new silos at Domino Sugar’s Baltimore refinery. Each silo will have storage capacity for up to 3.5 million pounds (1587.6 tonnes) of finished or refined sugar ready to be packaged or shipped out on railcars or trucks.

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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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India – LanzaTech to supply cellulosic ethanol production technology for a new plant [Full subscriber]

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), a leading Indian Refining company, is planning to install a cellulosic ethanol facility in the State of Karnataka, India.

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India – Setting up of escrow account to help millers with weak balance sheets to secure loans for new distilleries [Full subscriber]

Sugar mills, oil marketing companies (OMCs) and banks are willing to enter into an agreement to create an escrow account to enable sugar factories to secure soft loans for setting up distilleries, the food ministry said on 22 August.

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France – New plant will gasify hemp into valuable energy products [Full subscriber]

The French startup Qairos Energies says it plans to build a plant in Mareil-en-Champagne near Le Mans in northwestern France that will gasify hemp biomass into valuable products.

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