Corn ethanol mills catching on in Brazil
Farmers and ranchers in South Chapadão met, on Thursday (11), with Mayor Luiz Felipe Barreto and secretaries Ilton Henrichsen (Works), Altair Bevilacqua (Finance), Tiago Maia (Development and Environment) and Charles Sturmer (Deputy Secretary of Government) when the project was presented a U.S. group that the city intends to install an ethanol plant corn.
As this is unheard of in the country, two representatives of corporate executives Bio Urja Trading LLC and POET gave an explanation about what it is, how it works and the benefits of plant Eetanol, which will also be the first Bio Refinery in Brazil.
According to information from city hall, the production of corn ethanol is a reality in the United States as well as the ethanol is produced from sugar cane for Brazilians. Bio Urja Trading Group LLC and POET have 82 terminals of this type in the country and are responsible for 10% of the U.S. market for ethanol. In addition, the company exports the fuel to Japan, Australia and Africa.
During the meeting, the executives reported that interest in producing corn ethanol in Brazil is the result of a study that shows that by 2020 will require at least 20 more plants to keep the fuel supply of the Brazilian fleet.
Furthermore, the gas tends to be more costly in the next few years. The many distilleries installed on called Corn Belt - the U.S. corn belt - also reveal that the fuel tends to gain space. In addition to corn ethanol, the plant of this size produces the DDG, a byproduct that is added in this process and is used in animal feed because it contains high energy and protein.
Chapadão South was the city chosen for the project because of all the other State, "is bringing together everything that is needed: entrepreneurship, technology, good location, lots of acreage and livestock," said Marcos Machado, representative group.
The difference in plant corn in South Chapadão is that, in order to lower production costs, will be used as fuel for boilers Biomass calls: Brachiaria grass and straw. In the USA natural gas is used, which is still expensive in Brazil.
According to representatives of U.S. companies, the corn plant operates 350 days a year and uses this period about 340 thousand tons of grain.
The producers of South Chapadão showed up excited about the venture.
For the schedule of the group if the deal closes, the plant will start its activities in South Chapadão in early 2015, offering around 150 direct jobs and more than 500 indirect jobs. For that will be invested about 70 million dollars 4/14/13