Shell first to sell gasoline blended with advanced biofuel



    CALGARY, June 10 /CNW/ - From today, customers at a Shell service station
will become the first in the world to fill their tanks with gasoline
containing advanced biofuel made from wheat straw.
    For one month starting June 10, the regular gasoline purchased at a Shell
service station in Ottawa, Ontario will contain 10% cellulosic ethanol. The
biofuel is produced locally from non-food raw materials at Iogen Energy
Corporation's demonstration plant, using advanced conversion processes. Iogen
and Shell are partners in the plant, which now produces 40,000 litres of fuel
per month.
    Cellulosic ethanol, as an end fuel, is identical to ethanol but it can
offer up to 90% less lifecycle CO2 emissions than gasoline. It is a key part
of Shell's strategic investment and development program in sustainable
biofuels.
    "I am excited we are leading the pack in cellulosic ethanol production
technology and, with this event, showing what is possible in the future," said
Dr. Graeme Sweeney, Shell Executive Vice President Future Fuels and CO2.
"While it will be some time before general customers can buy this product at
local service stations, we are working with governments to make large-scale
production economic."
    "We're proud of this world-first," said Brian Foody, Chief Executive
Officer of Iogen Corporation. "Building a demo plant is one thing but you then
need to go through the process of operating the new technology at scale,
learning, modifying and lowering costs. With the volumes we're producing
today, we're confident about the future."
    "This one small retail station in Ottawa is one big step forward for
advanced biofuels globally," said Canada's Transport and Infrastructure
Minister John Baird, a longtime advocate of cellulose ethanol. "This is a
great day for Canadian technology and proof that Canada's commitment to
developing low C02 fuels is starting to pay dividends for the environment,
farmers, and consumers," said Minister Baird.

    Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its
headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York
stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 100 countries
and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and
production; production and marketing of Liquefied Natural Gas and Gas to
Liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals
and renewable energy projects. For further information, visit
http://www.shell.com

    Iogen is a leading biotechnology firm specializing in cellulosic ethanol
- a fully renewable transportation fuel made from agricultural residue that
can be used in today's cars. The company has been producing cellulosic ethanol
at its Ottawa demonstration plant since 2004. Iogen also develops,
manufactures and markets enzymes used to modify and improve the processing of
natural fibers within the textile, animal feed and pulp and paper industries.
In operation since 1974, Iogen is a privately held company located in Ottawa,
Canada. For more information, visit www.iogen.ca.

    
    Notes to editors:

      -  An electronic press kit, including downloadable images and b-roll is
         available from www.shell.com/announcement10june

      -  Shell is working to meet government mandates for biofuel and, with
         its experience and assets, has become the world's largest
         distributor of biofuels. The company is working with biofuel
         manufacturers to secure cost-effective supply with clear social and
         environmental standards.

      -  Shell is a leader in the development of advanced biofuels. Shell's
         global programme includes collaborations with Choren (on production
         on BTL), Codexis (on enzyme conversion) and Virent (on development
         of biogasoline), as well as a joint venture called Cellana (research
         of marine algae for vegetable oil).
    

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For further information: Enquiries Name: Shell International Media
Office, Contacts: Media line: +31 70 377 3600; Name: Shell in Canada,
Contacts: Jana Masters, (403) 691-2168, Name: Iogen Corporation, Contacts:
Mandy Chepeka, (613) 733-9830


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