6 September 2019

NC Partnering Newsletter 8/2019

Setting up a biorefinery

Biorefineries can be different types depending on what kind of raw materials you have at your disposal. Chemical pulping is a workable solution but not the only option for the biorefing. It boils downs also for market needs.

NC Partnering (NCP) is having a proven track record to setting up a biorefinery. NCP has been was conveying first steps of very latest evolving biorefineries like in Finland, which are now on the way for the implementation by them own.

NCP is having solid experience in the forest industry and in the bioeconomy to ensure offering up-to date proposals on potential biorefinery development. With professional network NCP can ensure resources needed for such a survey.

Biorefinery concepting requires two major pathways

  • Firstly, analysis is based on market needs and economics
  • Secondly, capacity is to be optimized as per raw material availability/costs and investment unit costs

Concepting Biorefinery Basic process


Wood costs need to be taken into account in capacity dimensioning


By doing that, the concept is competitive right from the beginning.

Another important factor to setting up a biorefinery is that it needs to attract industrial operators. NCP is having wide network both in forest industry and bioeconomy to appeal to industrial operators. Good example of sound reputation within relevant industries and stakeholders is that NCP is the major organizer of the World BioEconomy Forum (www.wcbef.com), which attracts major stakeholders all over the world gathering again in Ruka, Finland this year.

To get started with endeavour towards biorefinery it takes 6–8 months to conduct conceptual study on biorefinery in your country, in your region. As a result, you will have a proven concept fitting to your raw material basis with marketing understanding to carry on to the development phase. Development phase takes 3-4 years and then 2-3 years for the implementation. NCP is supporting you all the way on that journey.

Need for bio-based products keeps on growing and climate change impact will further lay down imperative for bio-based products.

Do not wait – take an action!

Source: NC Partnering Newsletter 8/2019, press release, 2019-08-30.


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