Press Release: Biokim to build commercial biorefinery in Adana, Turkey
Turkish company Biokim Rafineri İşletmeleri Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. (Biokim refinery, industry and trade Co. Ltd.) will build a unique commercial scale biorefinery in the Adana Free Zone in Turkey.
This was announced during the bio-based chemical track at World Bio Markets in Amsterdam on the 24th of march 2017. The complex will be an integrated biorefinery in which 200 KT per annum of bio-based Ethylene Oxide will be produced as a basis, with further downstream production to various end products such as MEG and PPL.
Biokim has the ambition to use sustainable and renewable feedstock to process further downstream to products used for everyday applications that is independent from the petroleum route and therefore not using earth’s finite resources. The plant will go up to five steps downstream combining commercially proven and unique technologies, ensuring a self-economic and competitive production facility to traditional refineries.
Rafet Tükek, Chairman of the Executive Board of Biokim: “We have developed an innovative business model that disrupts todays conventional fossil based value chain, accelerating the transition to a bio- based, circular and thus more sustainable economy.”
Working together with a broad and integrated network of stakeholders worldwide, Biokim created a platform to realize the ambition of bio-based production. Using first and second generation Bio- based ethanol as feedstock, the end-products will be used in the manufacturing of everyday applications such as the car industry, furniture, filling materials, diapers and packaging materials.
The project will be implemented at the Adana Free Zone Area, located at Yumurtalık. Having all the necessary infrastructure available and the area being a duty-free zone and makes it an ideal location to export to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Rafet Tükek: “The complex will be located and structured for international import and export, allowing more partners to join and have their downstream facility at our complex.”
The land has been obtained by Biokim and engineering is in progress. Site works are expected to start in Q2 2017. The production facilities including all related utility facilities and infrastructure are expected to be operational in 2020.
Biokim Rafineri İşletmeleri Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.