DSEC signs basic engineering contract for the 2G ethanol biorefinery project of INA in Croatia

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De Smet Engineers & Contractors (DSEC) has announced the signature of an engineering contract with the Croatian Oil & Gas Company INA-Industrija nafte d.d. Zagreb (INA) for a 2G ethanol production plant project. It is a basic engineering contract covering the OSBL (Outside Battery Limits) portion of a plant to be built in Sisak, near Zagreb (Croatia).

Figure 1. General data about the biorefinery project of INA in Sisak (extracted from “Concept of Converting Oil Refinery to Biorefinery”, IEA Bioenergy Task 43 Workshop, University J.J. Strossmayer, Osijek, March 27th, 2018)

The feedstocks will be locally grown miscanthus and wheat straw. DSEC will also integrate the selected process package in the overall project study and assess related capital and operational costs (CapEx and OpEx). This assignment will allow INA to validate the construction of a production facility that will contribute to Croatia's effort to meet European Renewable Energy Directive II.

INA is a medium-sized European oil company. It is owned by the Hungarian oil company MOL (49.08%), the Republic of Croatia (44.84%) and institutional and private investors (6.08%). The project is aimed to establish a sustainable industrial activity as alternative option for Sisak oil refinery.

INA is a partner of the GRACE project financed through BBI JU. Within the framework of this project, Clariant conducted tests on approximately 30 tons of miscanthus provided by INA in its pre-commercial plant in Straubing (“Clariant’s sunliquid® technology proves good performance with miscanthus”, 6/9/2019). INA has chosen Clariant’s sunliquid® technology to assess usability of miscanthus for conversion into cellulosic sugars and ethanol.

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