Sinopec, Sapphire Energy Project Unveiled in China; Wins US-China EcoPartnerships Nod
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest has heard from China that Sapphire Energy’s and Sinopec’s algae-derived renewable crude oil project has been selected for the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships program, and that the announcement is being made overnight US time in Beijing, China, by the U.S. Secretary of State and the People’s Republic of China State Councilor.
Details on the project are sketchy at press time. Clearly, a partnership with the world’s second largest oil company means “fuels” — possibly some chemicals in there. Our understanding is that the two companies are collaborating toward a large-scale farm or farms, subject to the construction of a Las Cruces-sized pilot facility, construction for which would begin in 2015 with a late 2015 or early 2016 complete date.
… To the extent that there’s been enthusiasm for renewable fuels — our understanding is that the spirit of urgency is felt more in Beijing than Washington.
One thing is for sure, Simnopec is serious about aviation biofuels. Earlier this year, the (Chinese) Civil Aviation Administration of China granted Sinopec Chinese Technical Standard Order Authorization (CTSOA) for aviation biofuels, certifying that the fuel has met all required industry standards. An April 2013 test flight using hydrotreated palm oil and recycled cooking oil feedstock on an Airbus 320 owned by China Eastern Airlines was the test case for the certification. Sinopec said it will now work on expanding the feedstocks it uses to produce aviation biofuel. READ MORE and MORE (Algae Industry Magazine)