Global Bioenergies joins Swedish biofuel project

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September 27 (SeeNews) - French firm Global Bioenergies (EPA:ALGBE) today said its isobutene process has been selected for a project in Sweden to produce biofuel from forest resources.  

Global Bioenergies has joined a consortium of three Swedish companies -- Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog -- that are working together to develop gasoline fuel based entirely on forest resources. This Bio-Based Gasoline Project is supported by the Swedish Energy Agency.

The four companies have agreed to carry out a conceptual scope study for a first plant in Sweden. Over the coming months, they will look at different plant scenarios to profitably convert forestry products and residues into bio-isooctane, a high-performance bio-based gasoline derived from bio-isobutene. The project brings together Sveaskog's foresty activities, Sekab's biomass-to-sugar conversion process, Global Bioenergies' wood-sugars to Isobutene process, and Preem's gasoline production, blending and retailing activities.

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