Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC have acquired Nesika Energy LLC, the firm announced in a press release on Monday. Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a 50/50 joint venture between BP and DuPont plan on adding bio-isobutanol capacity to the “state-of-the-art” Kansas based ethanol facility. The firm also intend to continue the production of ethanol both before and after adding this new capacity.
Bio-isobutanol is an alternative to the fossil feedstock derived isobutanol, which could then be used in chemical applications as a low-carbon alternative. It can also be blended with gasoline at a considerably higher concentration than ethanol without affecting performance.
“With the largest operated renewables business among the major oil companies, BP is committed to being a part of the global transition to a lower-carbon future” BP’s chief executive of alternative energy Dev Sanyal stated in the press release, while William F. Feehery, president of DuPont Industrial Biosciences expressed that “we must employ disruptive thinking and innovation to unlock the power of renewable raw materials”. The firms intend on combining expertise in the fuel and biotechnology industries in order to drive this project to success.
The Kansas plant will be used as a demonstration facility and proving ground for future development when the bio-isobutanol production capacity is installed, with the intention to then license other projects on a global scale.