UGI partners with bioLPG producer Ekobenz

LPG distributor UGI International has announced a supply and development partnership with Ekobenz, a Polish technology specialist in the catalytic conversion of bioethanol to bio-gasoline and bioLPG.

Under the terms of the agreement, UGI International has secured the exclusive rights to Ekobenz’ supply of bioLPG, a renewable form of propane-butane produced from advanced bioethanol. The primary raw material to produce bioLPG is the conversion of organic material derived from industrial waste, unsuitable for use in the human and animal food chains.

BioLPG can be easily combined with conventional LPG and used across the same applications.

Ekobenz is said to be the first and currently only company in Europe that has commercialised bioLPG production based on advanced bioethanol produced from waste. The first shipment of bioLPG from Ekobenz’s research facility in Bogumiłów, Poland, is expected to arrive in Sweden in spring this year.

Ekobenz President Stanisław Jabłoński commented: ‘Biomass products produced by Ekobenz can be added to crude oil products without restriction, making them an ideal way to achieve zero emissions in liquid and gaseous fuels by 2050. In addition, all 2020-2050 milestones aimed at zero emissions for liquid and gaseous fuels can be met using the existing distribution system, equipment and people.

‘Therefore, Ekobenz as a producer of renewable fuels and UGI as a leading LPG distributor meet the conditions for a highly successful partnership which can protect the climate and achieve zero emissions in 2050.’

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes