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French biofuels manufacturer Avril has opened up a 100,000 tpy biodiesel plant to satisfy the greater mixing degrees released by the French government.

The new plant, located at Sete on France’s Mediterranean shore, will certainly raise the business’s biodiesel production capability to 1.7 million tonnes.

Previously in 2013 Avril closed down its 2 northern France centers in the aftermath of the federal government’s refusal to raise biodiesel mixing level beyond 7 %.

Nevertheless, late in 2013 the federal government consented to increase the blend level by one percent, bringing it to 8 %.

The EUR13 million Avril plant is established to take on Total’s intended factory, additionally to be constructed in southern France as well as expected to have an output of 500,000 tonnes of biodiesel by 2017.

This competition, along with the French government’s anticipated cut to tax breaks offered to diesel fuel, has actually raised concern among biodiesel manufacturers as well as farmers.

Avril’s CEO Jean-Philippe Puig says the growths could see a number of rapeseed-as-feedstock biodiesel plants closed down and also also reduce rapeseed cultivation in France as basic.

Source: Reuters Africa

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