Biomethanol produced from glycerol makes biodiesel completely renwableUTRECHT, The Netherlands, November 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The new owner of the
methanol plant in Delfzijl is BioMethanol Chemie Holding (BV), a consortium of
Econcern, NOM, OakInvest, Ir. S. Doorn and Ir. P. Hamm. After modification, the
plant will be used to produce bio-methanol.
Rapid growth in biofuels market
BioMethanol Chemie Holding should help meet the European Directive requiring
that biofuel accounts for 5.75% of total transport fuel by 2010 - a share that
currently lies at less than 2%.
Ad van Wijk, CEO of Econcern, elucidates: "The market for biofuels is growing
fast, not only because of the need to meet the European Directive, but also due
to high oil and gas prices. We are very pleased that the plant will make a
substantial contribution to the growing biofuels market."
BioMethanol Chemie Holding
Paul Hamm, co-initiator of the consortium and temporary CEO of BioMethanol
Chemie Holding: "The plant will be started up as soon as possible, initially
producing fossil methanol as before. Modifications will be carried out over the
next nine months, turning the plant into the world's first bio-methanol plant.
In the first phase, it will produce 100 kT bio-methanol, a capacity that will
be increased substantially in the following phases."
Ed van de Beek, executive vice president of NOM, states, "I'm very happy with
the re-opening of the plant. It's not just that an important chemical industry
will be kept in the Netherlands - the production of bio-methanol also
represents a major contribution to build up a renewable industry in northern
Netherlands, known as the 'Energy Valley'concept."