Clariant’s new Romanian plant operational in a year’s time – Biofuels International Magazine

Clariant said it was making good progress with the construction of its new sunliquid cellulosic ethanol production plant in Podari.
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present a challenging situation, Clariant’s team in the south-western part of Romania has been able to ensure that work continues while fully complying with all pandemic precaution regulations established by the authorities.
“It is truly impressive to see how our project team as well as all local partners have been able to keep this important construction project running while ensuring everyone’s safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, this sunliquid cellulosic ethanol production plant will be a cornerstone of our continuing transformation into a leading speciality chemicals company and another proof point of our commitment to innovation and sustainability,” said Hans Bohnen, Clariant’s chief operating officer.
The plant received more than €40 million in funding from the European Union and it is being constructed on a 10-hectare plot near Craiova.
The new facility will have access to a secure regional supply of feedstock and can benefit from the region’s existing logistic and industrial infrastructure. Once operational, the plant will process about 250,000 tonnes of straw to produce 50,000 tonnes of sunliquid cellulosic ethanol annually.
Christian Librera, vice president and head of business line biofuels and derivatives at Clariant, added: “Over the past months, several milestones have been reached on the construction site while also achieving the installation of the majority of large key equipment.
“This puts us on track to complete the construction by the end of 2021, after which start-up and production will commence. We are proud to see already the substantial benefits that our investment is bringing to the Podari region and look forward to see its impact increase further once the plant is fully staffed and operating at full capacity.”

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