In Sweden, Pyrocell AB has held the official inauguration ceremony of its biomass pyrolysis plant in Gävle, a first-of-its-kind plant in the country. The plant, which is integrated with Setra Group's Kastet sawmill making it the world's first integrated bio-pyrolysis plant, produces fossil-free bio-oil from the sawdust which is then co-processed into transportation fuel at Preem's refinery in Lysekil.
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Held on December 7, 2021, the well-attended event was officiated by dignitaries including the Netherlands’ Ambassador to Sweden H.E. Bengt von Loosdrecht, Governor of Gävleborg Per Bill, executives from Pyrocell, and its joint owners – Preem AB and Setra Group – technology providers, and service providers including BTG-BTL and TechnipFMC, along with some 90 or so invited guests and media.
We are proud that Gävleborg is the first in the world with an integrated bio-oil plant. Here in the region, we have a motto that “vi gört” (we get it done). Pyrocell’s management and the owners’ Preem and Setra really show proof of that. In just one and a half years, the facility has been built and now produces bio-oil from sawdust, an impressive fast-paced project, said Per Bill, Governor of Gävleborg in his address.
Using proprietary biomass pyrolysis technology developed by BTG-BTL, the pioneering plant produced its first bio-oil in September 2021. On an annual basis, the integrated bio-pyrolysis plant will produce around 25 000 tonnes of non-fossil pyrolysis oil per year.
It is a historic event that Pyrocell now supplies non-fossil raw materials from sawdust to Preem’s production of renewable fuels and thus can really contribute to reduced emissions in the transport sector – from the forest to the tank, remarked Pontus Friberg, Chairman of Pyrocell during the event.