Shell to Take Centre Stage at World Ethanol and Biofuels Conference

F.O. Licht – the leading soft commodities analyst – has unveiled a raft of well-known and highly respected speakers for its 2011 World Ethanol and Biofuels conference, being held from 7th-10th November in Barcelona.

Mark Gainsborough, Executive VP Strategy, Portfolio and Alternative Energy at Shell, will be giving the keynote speech and interview at the event, sharing – first-hand – Shell’s strategy in conventional and advanced biofuels.

Shell and leading Brazilian sugarcane company, Cosan, recently created Raizen, a $12 billion downstream joint venture for the production of ethanol, sugar and power, and the supply, distribution and retail of transportation fuels in Brazil. This marks Shell’s first move into the production of today’s biofuels and, with annual production capacity of about 2 billion litres per annum, the JV will be one of the world’s largest ethanol producers with significant growth aspirations.

 “World Ethanol and Biofuels 2011 has the best line-up of speakers we’ve ever had,” says Christoph Berg, Managing Director of F.O. Licht.  “Mark Gainsborough’s keynote interview will give attendees an unrivalled opportunity to hear from Shell.  It will be particularly interesting to hear about the company’s recently completed biggest-ever investment into biofuels by an oil major, underscoring the role of biofuels in reducing CO2 emissions and diversifying the transport fuels sector.”

In addition, at F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels 2011, attendees will see more than 55 speakers address a global audience of more than 650 of the industry’s most influential people.  Olivier Mace, Head of Global Strategy and External Affairs for BP Biofuels; Per Salomonsson, Coordinator Alternative Fuels at Volvo; Richard Mills, Strategy Director for UK and Ireland at the Boeing Company; and Claus Sauter, CEO at Verbio are all on the conference’s impressive speaker list, designed to cover all major aspects of this fast-moving industry.

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