Borregaard investes in Bioethanol upgrade and biogas production

Borregaard investes 6,9 million Euro in Bioethanol upgrade Borregaard has decided to invest NOK 63 million (€ 6,9 million) in a project which includes an upgrade of the bioethanol plant and a facility to capture and store biogas. Borregaard produces ethanol from wood in an integrated plant producing a variety of biochemical. The main plant is operating since 1938. In a adjacent demo plant called Bali, ethanol also is produced from cellulose, not only from hemicellulose as in the main plant.

The project has been awarded a grant of NOK 18.9 million from Enova, a Norwegian government agency which promotes environmentally friendly restructuring of energy end-use, renewable energy production and new energy and climate technology.

The bioethanol plant upgrade includes installing modern production technology which will reduce significantly the specific use of energy in the production process. As a result of the rebuild, there will be sufficient capacity to deliver the whole production as 100% water-free bioethanol. This market is growing, mainly driven by increased demand for bioethanol in automotive fuel.

Borregaard is a significant producer of biogas from process residues, which is used internally as an environmentally friendly source of energy. The new installation will make it possible to capture and store a bigger part of the available biogas, and thus increase the internal use.

The project work will start up during the second half of 2016. The bioethanol rebuild will be completed in 2017, and the biogas installation will be finished in 2018.

Borregaard has one of the world’s most advanced biorefineries. By using natural, sustainable raw materials, Borregaard produces advanced and environmentally friendly biochemicals and biomaterials that can replace oil-based products. Borregaard has 1080 employees in 16 countries and is a global leader in lignin-based products. Lignin accounts for almost half of Borregaard’s sales, with plants in seven countries. Ljungblom