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World’s first oil refinery integrated advanced ethanol plant opened

The first "Etanolix" plant delivered to the international market by Finnish company St1 Biofuels Oy was officially opened on June 5, in Gothenburg, Sweden by the Swedish Minister for Energy, Ibrahim Baylan. It was supplied to North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB), a company that processes biowaste feedstock into biofuels.

The world’s first oil refinery integrated advanced ethanol plant and first “Etanolix” plant delivered to the international market by St1 Biofuels Oy was officially opened on June 5, 2015, in Gothenburg, Sweden (photo courtesy St1 Biofuels).

A modular proprietary technology developed by St1 Biofuels, the plant uses biowaste and process residue from local bakeries and stale bread from shops as feedstock. It uses excess heat from the refinery for its process heat and utilises the existing internal cooling and wastewater treatment infrastructure.

The ethanol is then blended directly with gasoline and stored in the existing tank farm for delivery to the client. The plant has an annual production capacity of 5 million litres and according to St1 will be run using existing refinery staff.

This plant is a first small step. It initiates a necessary and long-awaited technology shift where we produce fuel ethanol by using by-products from other activities, said Jonas Sidenå, CEO, St1 Sweden.

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