(SeeNews) - Oct 8, 2013 - US biofuels producer NextFuels said on Monday it was narrowing to Southeast Asia the search for a place to locate its initial demonstration plant.
The California-based firm’s aim will be to demonstrate its technology for manufacturing transportation and industrial fuels from wet, unprocessed agricultural residues from palm oil plantations. Currently, NextFuels is exploring several sites in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
After selecting a suitable location, it will ship the pilot facility, work on which has started in the Netherlands, to Southeast Asia next year. The company will operate the demonstration system together with strategic partners.
After the demonstration run of the pilot refinery, NextFuels will also start a commercial project in the Southeast Asia region. It expects to launch construction of commercial-scale plants within two-three years.
The company says that its bio-liquefaction technology, which was initially developed by US Shell Oil, part of Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA), will allow it to produce bio-based petroleum from wet biomass at commercial scale at a price ranging between USD 70 (EUR 52) and USD 85 per barrel.
NextFuels will manage its business in Southeast Asia from a newly-established office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.737)