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BP And DuPont Open U.K. Bioethanol Plant

by Melody M. Bomgardner
July 15, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 28

BP and partners DuPont and AB Sugar have opened the U.K.’s largest bioethanol facility in the Saltend Chemicals Park near Hull, England. The $520 million plant can make 110 million gal per year of ethanol from wheat starch. Once fully operational, it will have the capacity to supply one-third of the fuel ethanol now used in the U.K. Ethanol from the joint venture, called Vivergo, will create 50% fewer CO2 emissions than standard fuels, according to the partners. They plan to explore converting the plant’s output to butanol, also for use in fuel.

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