St1 opens bioethanol dehydration plant in Finland

St1’s unique Etanolix® concept of dispersed production of ethanol is supplemented now with a central dehydration plant at the port of Hamina town. The plant will be inaugurated today by Minister of the Environment, Ms. Paula Lehtomäki. The ethanol produced from waste in the dispersed Etanolix® units will be dehydrated in Hamina.

The dehydration plant is situated at the port of Hamina. Its yearly capacity is now 44 million liters of 99.8 % bioethanol, which will be blended with gasoline. Preparations have already been made to double the capacity.
The opening of the dehydration plant is also a springboard to new motor fuel projects. St1 is working at the moment on high concentration biofuel, in which the main component will be ethanol produced from domestic waste.

St1 produces bioethanol from waste with a new innovative concept of dispersed production, where the production and dehydration of bioethanol are separated. St1 brings small Etanolix® production units close to the waste raw material supplier and the product is concentrated centrally. The company already operates units in Lappeenranta and Närpiö. St1 has plans to build twenty units in Finland in the next two years. In the Etanolix® units the waste feedstock is used to produce 85 % bioethanol, which will be dehydrated in the Hamina plant from now on. After the dehydration the 99.8 % bioethanol is ready to be blended with gasoline. The waste based bioethanol will end up in to the tanks of Finnish drivers already this summer.

St1’s concept of dispersed production is superior in reducing fossil carbon dioxide emissions and re-using waste. The heating needed in the process is either residual heat energy from a factory which is integrated in the Etanolix® unit or renewable energy. The dispersed production of ethanol will also reduce the need for transportation of feedstock. When using biowaste as the feedstock, St1 is able to refine the biocomponent of gasoline in the purest way in the world. The Finnish Chemical Industry Association granted an Innovation Award for St1’s Etanolix® concept.

Waste sorting is the corner stone of efficient re-use of wastes in the production of energy. The technology St1 is already using will be able to re-use also different kinds of waste in the future when making ethanol. The production units of the next generation will use separately collected biowaste, domestic, industrial and trade packaging material and straw. These kinds of feedstock will multiply the potential the dispersed production concept has.

St1’s Etanolix® concept also has global appeal. St1 and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding CO., LTD - MES have signed a letter of intent to establish a joint venture in Japan. The new company will create bioethanol production capacity in Japan to re-use food industry waste using St1’s Etanolix® technology. This is a significant opening of business for St1 in the demanding market of Japan.

St1’s vision is to be the leading producer and seller of CO2 good energy. In the spirit of its vision the company is also investing considerably in building and selling wind power. The company started to sell pellets in June, which will strengthen its position in the market of renewable energy.

Further information,
Patrick Pitkänen, St1 Biofuels Oy, Sales Manager
+358 40 7756200 ,

Risto Savolainen, St1 Biofuels Oy, Sales Director
+358 50 5238628,

Energy company St1’s vision is to be the leading producer and seller of CO2 good energy. The company has 400 petrol stations in Finland, 44 in Sweden and 6 in Poland. St1’s energy offering portfolio includes also electricity, heating oil and pellets. The company has business operations assisting aviation. St1 has a joint venture with S Group, a fuels supply company North European Trade Oy (NEOT). The turnover of St1 Group this year surpasses 1 billion euros. The company employs 130 people.

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding CO., LTD – MES is a Japan-based manufacturing company engaged in many industry sectors: environment-related recycling, construction of social infrastructure, machinery, IT-related activities, ship building, plant construction, logistic and energy systems among others. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. MES Consolidated Sales Total was 622,800 million Yen (FY 2006). The company employees consolidated 9,434 persons (As of March 31, 2007).

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