Clariant reached another milestone at its new sunliquid plant in Podari, Romania.
This was achieved by sending the first train with cellulosic ethanol produced in the Romania town to its customer.
Clariant, a focused, sustainable, and innovative specialty chemical company, produced the first commercial cellulosic ethanol at its new plant earilier in the summer.
The entire offtake was contracted with a multi-year agreement to Shell, a leading global energy company.
In the first six months of the year, the plant underwent a thorough commissioning process resulting in the successful start of production. Approximately 50,000 tons of second-generation biofuels will be derived from 250,000 tons of locally sourced agricultural residues.
The cellulosic ethanol produced at this plant can be applied as a drop-in solution for fuel blending, but also offers further downstream application opportunities for sustainable aviation fuel and bio-based chemicals.
The plant in Podari, Romania, is built on a 10-hectare area and employs a workforce numbering approximately 100.
Contracts have been signed with more than 300 local farmers to ensure the supply of the necessary feedstock.
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