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Pyrocell inaugurate world’s first integrated bio-pyrolysis plant

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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Primed for the cut, Pontus Friberg (left) Chairman of Pyrocell, Governor Per Bill, and the Netherlands’ Ambassador H.E. Bengt von Loosdrecht jointly cut a ceremonial ribbon on December 7, 2021, marking the official opening of Sweden’s first biomass pyrolysis facility, and the world’s first integrated bio-pyrolysis plant.

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.

The Pyrocell biomass pyrolysis plant in Gävle. Setra’s Kastet sawmill, which is located behind the Pyrocell plant, supplies the sawdust from its operations to Pyrocell. Before entering the Pyrocell process, the sawdust is screened and dried using a Stela belt-dryer (far left).

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.

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