Angus MacDonald Welcomes Plans by Bio-butanol Manufacturer Celtic Renewables to Build Plant in Grangemouth
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:29
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has warmly welcomed the announcement by bio-butanol manufacturers Celtic Renewables Ltd that they plan to build a new demonstration facility at the Grangemouth petrochemical plant if it secures funding from the Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) £25 million advanced biofuel demonstration competition and, if successful, will move to build its first demonstration facility at the Grangemouth petrochemical plant by 2018, which will be capable of producing at least 1million litres of biofuel-a-year.
Bio-butanol can be a direct replacement for petrol, or used as a blend, without the need for engine modification. The Scottish company has become the world’s first to produce viable biofuel from whisky industry waste products.
Welcoming the announcement by Celtic Renewables, Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“I am delighted with the announcement that Celtic Renewables plan to build their first demonstration facility at the Grangemouth petrochemical plant.
“This innovative technology using Scotch whisky by-products to produce biofuel could herald a new era in sustainable biofuel and create a UK industry worth £100 million a year.
“For Grangemouth to be in at the start of this novel technolgy is an extremely exciting development.
“I wish Celtic Renewables well in the DfT competition and hope these exciting plans for Grangemouth will stay on track for full production to be underway in late 2018.”