According to the company, the $130m worth BioEnergy Center uses advanced gasification and fermentation technology for conversion of biomass waste into bioethanol and renewable power. The first ethanol shipments are expected to be released in August 2013.

Ineos Bio CEO and Ineos New Planet BioEnergy chairman Peter Williams said the company’s team has addressed the challenges of moving a new technology to large production scale for the very first time.

"Consequently, we are now pleased to announce that we are producing commercial quantities of bioethanol from vegetative and wood waste, and at the same time exporting power to the local community – a world first.

"We expect to spend the remainder of 2013 putting the plant through its paces, and demonstrating full nameplate capacity," added Williams.

The BioEnergy Center, which is a joint venture project between Ineos Bio and New Planet Energy, has created around 400 direct construction, engineering and manufacturing jobs during the development phase.