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EU firms to develop “world class” biofuels facility in Brazil

Danish and Italian firms to work with Brazilian company on milestone facility

Developments are set to see a series of biofuel facilities built in Brazil
Developments are set to see a series of biofuel facilities built in Brazil

Danish and Italian firms are working with a Brazilian bioenergy company to develop a biofuels facility in Brazil. Brazilian firm GraalBio will construct a commercial scale cellulosic ethanol facility in the Latin American country by 2013.

Danish firm Novozymes will look to establish new enzyme manufacturing plants in Brazil and has begun search for possible locations.

GraalBio plans to start production in December 2013 of 82 million liters (22 million gallons) of advanced biofuels per year at the new factory in the Brazilian state of Alagoas. The plant will produce cellulosic ethanol from sugarcane bagasse and straw.

Novozymes will supply the necessary enzyme technology, while Beta Renewables and Chemtex, both part of Italian chemical group Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G), will provide other process technologies and engineering.

“This facility will mark a milestone in Brazil and in Latin America,” said Bernardo Gradin, CEO of GraalBio. “We are talking about a world class project with innovative technology solutions that will help build a better and safer planet.”

Peder Holk Nielsen, Executive Vice President of Novozymes, said: “Today’s announcement from GraalBio is fantastic news for the ethanol industry and for Brazil and it clearly signals the continuation of the green path Brazil has taken on biofuels,” “We are thrilled to supply the enzymes to the first advanced biofuels facility in Brazil and proud to help GraalBio succeed.”