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Biomethanol Pilot Facility Starts up

6:56 AM MDT | April 28, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

BioMethanol Chemie Nederland (BioMCN; Delfzijl, the Netherlands) has started up a 20,000-m.t./year pilot facility at Delfzijl that uses by-product glycerin from biodiesel production to make biomethanol. BioMCN acquired the plant, which previously produced methanol from natural gas, from Methanor (Amersfoort, the Netherlands) in 2006. “Increases in the gas price have made methanol production using gas as a feedstock unattractive in Delfzijl,” says Paul Hamm, cofounder of BioMCN. “By using biomass instead of natural gas we can supply the market...

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