Clariant is ready to put Romania on the map in terms of producing one of the world’s eco-fuels: bioethanol. A world-leader in specialty chemicals, Clariant opened its most innovative plant to produce bioethanol near Craiova, the Southern part of Romania.
The company invested 140 million EUR to build the new plant, of which 40 million was covered with a grant from the European Union. Clariant also received close to 15 million EUR from the Romanian Government back in 2016.
The new production plant will become operational in 2020 and provide direct employment for more than 100 people, as well as generate around 300 jobs for suppliers and logistics services. Estimates show the plant will process 250,000 tons of straw per year, in order to produce eco-fuel.
When selecting the build site, Clariant considered the presence of the large-scale cereal producers in the area, as well as access to utilities, roads and rail transport.