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UK Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition Launched

UK Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition Launched

11 December 2014

UK - The Department for Transport funding is supported by significant private sector investment and will enable the construction of up to three demonstration biofuel plants, the first of their kind in the UK.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “This government is helping the transition to greener, cleaner fuel. Advanced Biofuels will play an increasingly important role in lowering carbon emissions from transport and these fuel plants will help ensure the UK is leading the way in building our capacity.

“This country has world-class research capabilities and I want the development of green technology to be part of this success story. This will not only benefit the environment but boost investment in Britain.”

The fuel produced by the chosen technology must show a minimum of 60 per cent greenhouse gas emissions reductions compared with fossil fuels. Advanced biofuels are made from waste materials such as agricultural residues like straw, using complex processing techniques. They can produce a wide range of transport fuels for roads and aviation.

This £25 million funding will be made available over 3 years. The Competition will be run in two stages with a detailed Expression of Interest (EoI) stage for potential bidders open until 13th February 2015, followed by full proposals in June 2015.

The Competition expects plants backed by this funding to be operational by December 2018 and produce at least 1 million litres of biofuel a year

Following a framework competition, DfT have appointed Ricardo AEA/E4tech as delivery partner to deliver the Competition and the post-award monitoring of the winning bidders.

Prospective bidders’ event – 14th January 2015

DfT will be hosting an information workshop on the 14th January 2015 at 2pm in London for prospective bidders where there will be an opportunity to find out more about the Competition process and ask any clarification questions that interested parties may have.

If you would like to attend please register your interest via the scheme website or by emailing [email protected] by 9th January 2015.

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