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Pöyry awarded biomass-to-biocrude pre-engineering assignment

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Biofuels producer Biozin Holding AS has awarded engineering company Pöyry the owner's engineering services assignment for the pre-engineering phase for the planned biozin production plant in Norway.

The new plant will convert biomass to liquid biocrude that will be sold and further processed into transportation fuels in oil refineries. The work is scheduled to be carried out between 2018 and 2020.

Production of biozin will be based on the licensed technology IH2® - licence held by CRI/Criterion Catalyst Co. Ltd. The IH2 technology converts woody biomass and forest residues feedstock into renewable, low carbon, clean burning hydrocarbon transportation fuels.

Biozin Holding AS is owned by Biozin AS, a subsidiary of the Norwegian sawmill company Bergene Holm AS. Biozin AS and the Swedish oil company Preem AB, has entered into a cooperation agreement with the intention to realise a full-scale biozin production plant located adjacent to the Bergene Holm AS sawmill in Åmli in southern Norway.

A production plant will consume about 700 000 m3 of feedstock and produces 120 000 m3 biozin, a biocrude that will be refined into normal transportation fuels. Preem AB will purchase biozin from the plant, for further processing and distribution.

The project's total cost is expected to be approximately 3.5 billion NOK.

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