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The Top 10 Advanced Biofuels and Biorefining Companies in Asia

Submitted by on September 4, 2012 – 12:15 pmNo Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …While the economic growth in China has been drawing virtually all the headlines in recent years, the “Tiger” economies of Southeast and South Asia have been fast-growing for a long time, and with resources including palm and cassava waste and sugarcane bagasse – not to mention industrial off-gases and municipal waste, there’s good reason for any company developing integrated biorefineries to have thought through its Asian strategy. Many companies are already in place developing at an accelerated pace.

Three themes have emerged that define the top companies.

1. Lowest-cost winner. …

2. Strong government relations are a must. …

3. Strong local partners.  …

(H)ere are the top 10 companies (in alpha order) working in Asia today on integrated advanced biorefining.

Bankchak Petroleum  The Thai petrochemical giant has been primarily to date working on cassava-based ethanol, but has lately branched into algae. …

GlycosBio  Houston-based Glycos Biotechnologies has been focused on Malaysia almost since the start, and has now secured the partners and locales for its plans to produce bioisoprene and industrial ethanol from crude glycerine. …

Green Biologics   UK-based Green Biologics has been long-focused on scaling up its biobutanol technology in China with several key agreements now in place. …

LanzaTech   The New Zealand and Chicago-based gas fermentation company has been Asia-bound in search of transformative feedstock and downstream distribution partners, rounding up some of the best in both. …

Novozymes, Shengquan Group and Praj   The Denmark-based enzyme giant has been hard at work on expanding its presence in Asia – while at the same time Shenquan has been looking at options in advanced biofuels. Thus emerged a striking partnership. …

PTT   The Thai state oil and gas giant has a massive chemical arm that has been investing heavily in advanced technologies, as well as opening its 400,000 liter per day cassava and molasses-based ethanol production facility in Ubon Ratchani in November. …

Sinopec  No point in being in China without big ambitions. That’s not lost on Sinopec, who is aiming to produce a third of the national aviation fuel demand, 12 million metric tons, from biofuels by 2020. That’s 3.5 billion gallons worth of ambition. They’ve got some catching up to do, as PetroChina plans to build a refinery for aviation biofuels by 2014 that would produce 60,000 tons annually. …

TMO Renewables   Through its investment partner Diverso, UK-based TMO has gained fast altitude in the China market, with a technology that can tap the substantial volumes of low-cost agricultural residues. …

Vinythai   More under the radar than some of the petrochem giants operating in Thailand, Vinythai has commissioned plant number one, transforming glycerin into higher-value products. …

Wilmar   The Asian agribusiness giant has been active on may fronts in its fast-growing portfolio, but deals with Elevance and Amyris landed it in the top 10 here as well. …

Special recognition: Boeing   Not an operator, but a significant facilitator of demand and supply – Boeing gets a special recognition for its ongoing efforts to create a market in aviation biofuels – most lately focused on China. …  READ MORE

 

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