Aemetis commissions biodiesel distillation unit at India plant
Aemetis Inc. announced Feb. 4 that its 50 MMgy biodiesel and refined glycerin production facility in Kakinada, India, has been upgraded to produce high-quality distilled biodiesel. The Aemetis plant was built in 2008 using advanced technology to produce biodiesel and refined glycerin using large volumes of lower-cost, nonfood byproducts from the edible oil industry as feedstock to supply the biofuel, pharmaceutical and industrial markets.
“The new distillation production unit is fully commissioned and the India facility now produces biodiesel meeting or exceeding the highest standards for biodiesel quality worldwide,” said Sanjeev Gupta, managing director of Aemetis’ subsidiary in India, Universal Biofuels Private Ltd.
The Aemetis plant is the only distilled biodiesel producer in India and is one of the only plants in Asia capable of producing large supplies of biodiesel that meet the rigorous European Union (ISCC) standards. During 2013, approximately $20 million of biodiesel was produced by the Aemetis plant in India and delivered to customers in Europe.
“The completion of this biodiesel distillation unit allows Aemetis to significantly expand our production levels in order to supply European and India biodiesel customers,” stated Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis. “Recently, the European Union adopted five-year, antidumping tariffs against Argentina and Indonesia due to large subsidies provided to their local producers. Since an antidumping tariff already exists against U.S. biodiesel imports, European fuel customers are now focused on Malaysia and India as the remaining low-cost biodiesel suppliers to Europe. Using lower-cost byproducts from the edible oils industry, the Aemetis biodiesel plant in India now has among the lowest cost and highest quality of any biodiesel produced.”