Canadian Biomass Magazine

BCBN calls for contractor to undertake biorefinery market analysis

March 28, 2019
By BC Bioenergy Network

March 28, 2019 - The government of British Columbia, through the CleanBC Plan, is committed to increasing the annual production of renewable fuels in the Province to 650 million litres and increasing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to 20 per cent by 2030.

The B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is currently considering what actions to take to meet these targets, including support for the commercial production of renewable and low-carbon fuels in the province, reducing B.C.’s reliance on imported feedstocks and expanding B.C.’s existing renewable fuel production industry. In order to meet the CleanBC renewable fuels targets, significantly more renewable feedstocks will need to be sourced from within B.C. and more renewable fuels will need to be produced here.

To achieve this renewable fuel production commitment and help B.C. transition to a low-carbon economy, BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) and the ministry are seeking a contractor to undertake a biorefinery market analysis. The purpose of the analysis is to outline what specific conditions are required in B.C. to attract major fuel producers to invest in building biorefineries in B.C. The contractor will provide a comprehensive report on the economic, technical, social and environmental factors that will be necessary to accomplishing the aforementioned objectives.

The contractor will include a biorefinery market analysis of all relevant products for the North American and global market. This will include identification of the opportunities and potential barriers to their development. Analysis should include discussions on how the availability of feedstocks required in biorefinery production affect the economics of establishing the facilities.

Information and the sign-up for the BC Biorefinery Investment RFP can be found here.


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