Belgium’s De Smet Engineers & Contractors, DSEC, has started working on a basic engineering contract for the Croatian oil and gas company INA covering the outside battery limits or OSBL portion of a second-generation ethanol project to be built in Sisak, near Zagreb.
The plant should be built within the local refinery, which INA previously announced would be shut down. According to the local media, the construction of the said system is part of the measures announced by the fossil fuel producer to compensate for the closure of the oil processing facility.
The feedstock for biofuel production will be miscanthus and wheat straw
The feedstock will be locally grown miscanthus and wheat straw, DSEC said on its website.
The partner said it would also integrate the selected process package in the overall project study and assess related capital and operational costs, also known as capex and opex, respectively.
The endeavor will “allow INA to validate” the installation of one very few 2G ethanol industrial production facilities on a global scale and it will contribute to Croatia’s efforts to meet European Renewable Energy Directive 2, DSEC claimed.
The value of the contract was not disclosed.
According to local media, the planned capacity of the bioethanol refinery is 55,000 tonnes. In addition to the miscanthus, lignocellulosic biomass, cereals and oilseeds are apparently planned to be fed into the plant.
The 2017 environmental impact assessment also envisages electricity generation from renewables
The environmental impact assessment from 2017 includes electricity generation from renewable energy sources, namely biomass residues from the production of bioethanol and woodchips, Vecernji.hr reported.
INA said earlier that miscanthus tests for biofuel production showed optimistic results
It added INA intends to secure 370,000 tonnes of feedstock per year by collecting agricultural residues and cultivating miscanthus in the vicinity of Sisak.
A few months ago, the Croatian company reported tests of the energy plant miscanthus for biofuel production have yielded optimistic results.