Forest BtL awarded Technip with a 5 million
contract for front-end engineering and design (FEED) on a new
second-generation biomass-to-liquid (BTL) plant to be built on
Ajos island, Finland, the companies announced on
This plant will produce approximately 140,000 tons of biodiesel
and naphtha from wood and by-products from the wood-processing
This feedstock has many advantages,
according to project officials. They noted that
since the feedstock is not used for human
food, it does not jeopardize the existing local biomass usage
and has a low CO2 footprint.
Technip will develop the process design package of the
hydrogen production unit of the plant, based on its steam
reformer proprietary technology, and will prepare the
FEED for the hydrogen production, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and
Technips operating center in Lyon, France,
together with the groups hydrogen technology center in
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, will execute the contract, which
is scheduled to be completed in early 2014.
The Ajos BtL project is supported by the European Union NER300
funding program for innovative renewable energy
Technip says the project will be an industrial first and
will reinforce its leading position on new-generation biofuels projects.