Intertek, a provider of testing, inspection and consulting services for global industries and markets, is building a new and expanded laboratory complex in the port area of Bilbao, Spain to cater the biofuel industry.

The new laboratory will house the Intertek Bilbao Technology Centre (BTC), which has been providing testing, inspection and certification for Spain and the world for over 30 years, serving the petroleum and biofuels industries.

New and enhanced testing capabilities will include testing of liquid fuels and gases, including biofuels, ethanol, biomass and biogas fuels, and environmental testing of contaminated water and soil.

The new laboratory fits into the strategic vision of the Basque government’s plan for science, technology and innovation (PSTI).

Ben Fontan, general manager of Intertek, Spain, said: ”The new Intertek laboratory will be positioned to support Spanish and European renewable energy directives, the biofuels industry, and provide biofuel research and development expertise.”

Jay Gutierrez, division executive vice president of Oil, Chemical & Agri and Government Services, said: ”Intertek Spain is an important part of Intertek’s growing global biofuels and biomass testing and inspection network.

”This expansion of our biofuel testing capabilities in Spain is part of Intertek’s commitment to the Spanish and European energy industry.”

Intertek said that the new laboratory is expected to open in the Fall 2010.