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Aemetis commissions biodiesel distillation unit in India

EBR Staff Writer Published 05 February 2014

US-based Aemetis has commissioned an upgraded 50 million gallon per year capacity biodiesel and refined glycerin production facility in Kakinada, India.

Originally built in 2008, the plant uses lower-cost, non-food by-products from the edible oil industry as feedstock to supply the biofuel, pharmaceutical, and industrial markets.

The plant, which is claimed to be the only distilled biodiesel producer in India, has produced around $20m of biodiesel and delivered to customers in Europe in 2013.

The plant is also claimed to be one of the only plants in Asia capable of producing large supplies of biodiesel that meet the rigorous European Union (ISCC) standards.

Aemetis Indian subsidiary Universal Biofuels managing director Sanjeev Gupta said, "The new distillation production unit is fully commissioned and the India facility now produces biodiesel meeting or exceeding the highest standards for biodiesel quality worldwide."

Aemetis chairman and CEO Eric McAfee said the completion of the unit allows the company to expand its production levels to supply European and India biodiesel customers.

"Recently, the European Union adopted five-year, anti-dumping tariffs against Argentina and Indonesia due to large subsidies provided to their local producers.

"Since an anti-dumping tariff already exists against US biodiesel imports, European fuel customers are now focused on Malaysia and India as the remaining low-cost biodiesel suppliers to Europe.

"Using lower-cost by-products from the edible oils industry, the Aemetis biodiesel plant in India now has among the lowest cost and highest quality of any biodiesel produced," added McAfee.