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Swedish biorefinery plans unveiled

Swedish biorefinery plans unveiled
An artist's rendering of the proposed WARGONS biorefinery (image courtesy Gatun arkitekter).

In Sweden, Czech-headed green tech company SUND SAMPO s.r.o. has submitted an application to the municipality of Vänersborg to establish a biorefinery at the Wargön Innovation and Industry Park.

Headquartered in Pardubice in the Czech Republic, SUND SAMPO is a supplier of sulfite-based biorefinery solutions. The company has offices in several countries, including Sweden.

According to a statement from the municipality, SUND SAMPO intends to expand its operations in Sweden to Vargön, in Vänersborg where the company proposes to build a biorefinery to convert biomass into new, green, and climate-friendly products using modern technology under a SPV called WARGONS.

That a company with such great ambitions in green, modern technology shows interest in Vänersborg as a place of establishment is very positive. This is proof that Vänersborg is an attractive place to set up business, and it also means strong further development for the area. Of course, many questions remain to be investigated, including about the port area and parallel establishment processes that are underway. A new establishment of this size creates many new jobs in the municipality, which is extremely positive for both the municipality and the labor market area as a whole, says Benny Augustsson (S), Chairman of the Municipal Board.

Strategic establishment

The municipality has long worked strategically with detailed planning and marketing of new land for development to enable establishments.

In this work, the municipality has also collaborated with the establishment office Position West in terms of marketing the area and handling establishment requests.

Vargön’s Innovation and Industry Park has very good conditions for the establishment of a new biorefinery with SUND SAMPO’s technology. We hope and believe that we will land in a land allocation agreement with Vänersborg municipality to be able to investigate the conditions further, said Leif Engelthon, R&D Manager at SUND SAMPO.

WARGONS’ business concept fits well with the municipality’s vision of Wargön’s Innovation and Industry Park, as a national development and knowledge center for sustainable industry with a focus on sustainable materials.

The municipality of Vänersborg has sustainability as one of its values, and at first glance, the company’s business concept fits in well with the orientation that exists for the area when it comes to innovation and green conversion. It is very positive for Vänersborg if we get to port with the establishment, but it is important to point out that no decisions have yet been made as to whether the direct allocation will be carried out or which land will be included in a possible land allocation. The investigation will show this, said Sofia Jessen, Head of Business Affairs at Vänersborg.

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