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UPM likely to delay decision on biofuel facility at Stracel mill in France

BRUSSELS , Feb. 7, 2014 (RISI) - 

UPM is probably not going to make a decision regarding its proposed Stracel Biomass-to-Liquid (BtL) investment as planned this year because of lack of clarity on regulation.

UPM is planning to build a biofuel facility at the Stracel mill, now called the Blue Paper mill, near Strasbourg in northeastern France. The plant is supposed to use around 1 million tonnes/yr of woody biomass to produce some 105,000 tonnes/yr of biofuel, with biodiesel accounting for 80% of the output and bionaphtha for 20%. In late 2012, the European Commission (EC) granted the project Euro 170 million ($230 million) in funding under the European Union's NER300 program.

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