GLOBAL BIOENERGIES: The Leuna demo plant has received all major equipment units

Evry, (PresseBox) - Global Bioenergies announces receipt today of the last large unit operation, the purification skid, at its demo plant which is located at Leuna, a German petrochemical/refining complex. This unit was pre-assembled by Sulzer at its manufacturing site. It was shipped as a single 10 meters high skid, and craned into Global Bioenergies' facilities.

Ales Bulc, CEO of Global Bioenergies' German subsidiary, states: "The purification skid, which will allow us to obtain high purity isobutene, was shipped perfectly on time. The Leuna Demo plant large process equipment placement is now complete. The remaining steps of construction will be dedicated to establishing all of the various connections between the different process units as well as to the flare, the water treatment plant, and the various utilities. Sectional connections and commissioning will occur in phases over the course of the summer. The first run is expected this autumn."

Richard Bockrath, VP for chemical engineering, concludes: "The Leuna Demo plant will be a smaller-scale replica of a commercial production unit. This demo plant will be used to complete the development of the technology, to train the teams, and to get ready for technology transfer to IBN-One and to our future other licensees.".

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Global Bioenergies

Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies worldwide, and the only one in Europe, that is developing a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The Company initially focused its efforts on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and elastomers. Global Bioenergies continues to improve the performances of its process, operates its industrial pilot, has begun the construction of its demo plant in Germany, and prepares the first full-scale plant through a Joint-Venture with Cristal Union, named IBN-One. The company also replicated its achievement to propylene and butadiene, two members of the gaseous olefins family, key molecules at the heart of petrochemical industry. Global Bioenergies is listed on Alternext, Euronext Paris (FR0011052257 - ALGBE).

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