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Shell and Manchester University’s biofuels project

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Shell and Manchester University’s biofuels project

24/ 9/2008

OIL giant Shell is teaming up with Manchester University experts to work on the development of biofuels.

Shell will work with a centre of excellence at the university, which has become a European leader in the field of `white’ biotechnology – the practice of using enzymes and micro- organisms to make chemicals.

Professor Nick Turner, a director of the centre of excellence, said: “White biotechnology has traditionally been the preserve of the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries, but is poised to expand dramatically over the next few years.”

Shell’s Dr Graeme Sweeney said: “Shell’s in-house biofuels research and development is longstanding, leading and globally co-ordinated.

“However, we know that adding to our knowledge through genuine and nimble partnerships with top experts, wherever they may be, will be critical to speed and success in the fast-moving area of biofuels.

“We have been working with some partners for a good while already, but are delighted to announce this collaboration. We welcome both the injection of expertise and enthusiasm.”

The university’s centre of excellence in biofuels was established in 2006 and works with a wide network of academics on research projects.

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