A delegation of diplomats from 29 countries visit SEKAB and the biorefinery centre in Örnsköldsvik

Press Release  •  Mar 28, 2011 07:42 BST

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and diplomats from 29 embassies are visiting the companies in the biorefinery centre in Domsjö, in the Örnsköldsvik region today, Monday 28th of March. One of the purposes of the visit is to show the delegation how the companies in the area cooperate in order to maximize the output of the wood that the forests in the region provide. The centre is a prime example of how several different businesses and other interested parties, i.e. universities and authorities, can cooperate in order to increase the efficiency of development and production, as well as gaining greater impact in the promotion of their products. Furthermore, this is a great opportunity for us at SEKAB to increase the general knowledge about our unique demonstration plant for second generation biofuel based on cellulose ethanol and about our green chemical products.

Today, diplomats from 29 different embassies from countries all around the world are visiting the company cluster in Domsjö development area. The participants will get an insight into how the different parties in the area cooperate and how they maximize the output of the wood from the vast forests in the region by working together. The visit is carried out as a part of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs annual Ambassadors’ Visit for diplomats stationed in Sweden. The purpose of this yearly study trip to a chosen county is to give the foreign delegates an opportunity to get to know more about the Sweden that exists beyond the capital Stockholm.

Västernorrlands län in the northwest of Sweden was chosen as this year’s destination. The visit begins in the city of Örnsköldsvik on Monday the 28th of March and ends in Sundsvall on Wednesday the 30th. During these intense days filled with different events, the diplomats are going to visit companies, schools and universities, local institutes and authorities. They will also be taken on a guided walking tour in Sundsvall.

The visit is an excellent opportunity to promote Swedish bioethanol. During the visit to SEKAB, the diplomat delegation will be shown how sustainable environment-friendly ethanol is produced and they will get a presentation of our green chemical products. Last but not least, they will be guided around our unique demonstration plant for the production of second generation cellulose ethanol, a product that we are now ready to commercialize. The demonstration plant is one of a kind, with no other similar plant in the world.

The biorefinery centre is an initiative between companies, public institutions and universities in the Örnsköldsvik and Umeå region. SEKAB and the other parties work together on sustainable processes and projects with the goal of using forest and energy crops as raw material in order to meet today’s energy and climate challenges.

For more information on the biorefinery centre, please visit http://www.bioraffinaderi.se/projectweb/portalproject/Home_en.html

Contact: Kristina Nilsson, Head of communications SEKAB, telephone: +46 (0)70-274 99 01

SEKAB is one of Europe’s leading producers of ethanol. We produce and distribute bioethanol fuel and green chemical products. We are further dedicated to developing the next generation of cellulose-based ethanol processing. SEKAB is currently conducting a long-term industrial initiative in second generation ethanol, in order to develop an industrial structure for delivering expertise and equipment for the production of cellulose-based ethanol.

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