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New biofuels enzyme plant inaugurated by Novozymes

Bioinnovation company Novozymes has inaugurated a $200 million (€161 million) enzyme plant in Nebraska, US to help advance the biofuels market.

Novozymes claims the plant will specialise in developing ‘world-leading’ enzymes to advance both existing and advanced biofuel markets. The facility will create 100 job positions and 400 construction jobs.

‘Advanced biofuels are taking off and, with private investments like those demonstrated here, biofuel plants are opening around the world,’ says Novozymes executive VP Peder Holk Nielsen. ’We're proud our Blair facility is prepared to supply enzymes to some of the first advanced biorefineries, as well as to the existing industry.’

Holk Nielsen sees the new plant as a critical part of Novozymes global production chain, adding to its existing plants in China, Brazil, Denmark and the US.

‘The States is the world’s largest biofuel market today, and many of the new advanced biofuel plants will be located in the US Midwest, one of the main reasons we chose Nebraska for our new site,’ he adds.