Belgian ethanol plant begins production

By Ryan C. Christiansen | January 03, 2009
Web exclusive posted Jan. 2, 2009, at 10:20 a.m. CST

BioWanze, a bioenergy company based in Wanze, Belgium, began producing ethanol at its 79 MMgy plant in Wanze, according to CropEnergies. The €250 million ($348 million) facility produces ethanol using wheat and sugar syrups as feedstocks, and uses wheat bran from its milling process as feedstock for its biomass boiler that produces electricity for the plant.

In addition, the plant produces wheat gluten for the food and feed industry and condensed distillers soluble, which will be marketed under the brand ProtiWanze, for animal feed. The facility is located on the Meuse River with access to water transportation to Antwerp, Belgium, as well as Rotterdam and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

BioWanze is a subsidiary of CropEnergies AG, of Mannheim, Germany. The BioWanze plant expands CropEnergies' total ethanol production capacity to more than 185 MMgy with ethanol plants in Germany, France, and Belgium. CropEnergies is a member of the Südzucker Group, a sugar producer in Mannheim, Germany.