Aemetis plant in India completes biodiesel production using lower cost, high FFA waste feedstock

Excerpt: Pre-treatment unit passes first production tests required to supply BP Singapore under three-year agreement

Aemetis, Inc. announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary completed the production of high quality distilled biodiesel from lower quality, high Free Fatty Acid (FFA) waste feedstock using the recently constructed pre-treatment unit at the biorefinery located on the East Coast of India. Using the lower cost, high FFA waste feedstock, the pre-treatment unit allows for production that meets or exceeds the biodiesel quality specifications of international fuel standards.

The production of high quality distilled biodiesel from high FFA waste feedstock was scheduled as a part of commissioning the pre-treatment unit for production of high quality distilled biodiesel for BP Singapore under a three-year supply agreement. The India biorefinery is now scheduled to process the first production run of feedstock from BP Singapore that already has been delivered to the India plant.

“The production of distilled biodiesel from high FFA waste feedstock using the new pre-treatment unit is the result of a year of technology development and construction work by our India operations and engineering team alongside key vendors,” stated Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO of Aemetis. “The Aemetis plant in India is now capable of converting low cost, high FFA waste feedstocks into high quality distilled biodiesel to be sold into the fast-growing India fuels market and the attractive EU and US markets for waste-based biofuels.”

The Aemetis plant in India has a capacity of 50 million gallons per year and is the only India biofuels producer approved under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for delivery of biodiesel into California. In April 2017, Aemetis filed a patent on process technology developed at the India plant for the conversion of a wide range of waste feedstocks into high quality biodiesel.

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