New factory for production of pyrolysis oil

18 February 2014

Construction of the pyrolysis factory, in which oil will be extracted from wood, has started at AkzoNobel’s industrial site in Hengelo. The factory is set to be completed by the end of 2014 after which it will be gradually put into operation.

FrieslandCampina has signed a long-term contract for the purchase of pyrolysis oil. Our production plant in Borculo will use this oil in lieu of around 10 million cubic metres of natural gas. By opting for this fuel, we are scaling up the share of renewable energy we use and the carbon emission at the Borculo plant will be reduced by 15%. The use of renewable energy is part of the sustainability goals as set out in route2020.

The pyrolysis factory’s full production capacity will amount to more than 20 million litres of pyrolysis oil per year. This quantity of sustainable oil replaces around 12 million cubic metres of natural gas. That corresponds to the annual gas consumption of 8,000 households and annual carbon savings of more than 20,000 metric tonnes. An additional effect is that work is being created for approximately 100 man-years in the province of Overijssel. The design and construction of the pyrolysis factory involves an investment of around 19 million euros.