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19 August 2009

Mott MacDonald wins biorefinery commission, Hungary

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Hunest Biorefinery Limited to provide budget and cost consultancy services for a £100 million biorefinery project in Hungary. The project is being introduced to re-use brownfield sites formerly used as heavy chemical industrial plants to create a development that capitalises on the strong local chemical and agricultural base of the region while facilitating a modern highly competitive biotechnology industry. It is anticipated that this will position Hungary at the forefront of biotechnology, while maintaining and creating income and jobs in both agriculture and biotechnology in the region.

Kálmán Vida, Mott MacDonald Hungary’s project manager explains, “A revolutionary change has begun in the chemical industry in preparation of anticipated reductions in supply of fossil materials due to increasing populations and price, potential depletion of reserves and the escalation in the aim to reduce negative impacts on our climate.”

Chemical industry raw materials produced from renewable agricultural materials are becoming of increasing importance as most of them can be produced for less than $70 per barrel. Biobased materials or agricultural products contain a number of different complex organic molecules, starch being the most common and this is used as a starting material while other related compounds are mostly recycled as by-products of little value or treated as waste. In biorefinery the aim is to fully recycle the raw material produced within a closed system of output of which only useful products are produced and with a higher value.

Mott MacDonald Hungary’s project team will provide corporate capital budgeting and estimates to help the client to plan and maximise shareholder return. This is an important role as the Balatonfűzfő located biorefinery complex is to be an independent economic entity and products must be produced in a competitive way and at the same time the complex must have the flexibility of allowing production of other products as biotechnology progresses.

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