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GS Caltex breaks ground for world's first biobutanol plant

By 최희석
  • Published : Sept 29, 2016 - 14:00
  • Updated : Sept 29, 2016 - 14:00
[THE INVESTOR] GS Caltex on Sept. 29 began work on the world’s first biobutanol production facility. Located in the company’s complex in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, the new facility is a pilot project for commercial production of butanol using non-food plant materials.

The 50 billion won (US$45.59 million) plant will be able to produce 400 metric tons of biobutanol on an annual basis. The facility is scheduled for completion during the second half of next year. 


A rendering image of GS Caltex's biobutanol production facility. GS Caltex

Butanol produced from biological materials can replace butanol derived from petroleum which is used in a range of products including paint and ink. Butanol can also be mixed in motor fuel.

By Choi He-suk (cheesuk@heraldcorp.com)