Brazilian integrated sugarcane ethanol, sugar, and bioenergy major Raízen S.A. has announced that it has made an investment decision to build another two second-generation (2G) ethanol plants in the state of São Paulo (SP).
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According to a statement, the Board of Directors approved an investment decision on May 11, 2022, for the construction of a third and fourth Second Generation Ethanol (E2G) plants in the Barra Bioenergy Park and Univalem Bioenergy Park.
Both are located in the state of São Paulo (SP) and will add approximately 164 000 m3 of cellulosic ethanol capacity per annum.
The expected investment of around BRL 2 billion (≈ US$ 389.7 million) already considers the current inflation and exchange rate scenario for the supply of machinery, construction equipment, and labor.
The plants are expected to start operating in 2024.
The two E2G projects, together with the construction of a biomethane (aka renewable natural gas – RNG) plant in Costa Pinto Bioenergy Park, Piracicaba, SP, announced last month, are “important milestones in the evolution of the profitable renewable portfolio expansion strategy.”
Raízen leads the E2G technology and currently operates one E2G plant in the Costa Pinto Bioenergy Park and is in the construction phase of the second plant in the Bonfim Bioenergy Park, also in the state of São Paulo.
The company is consolidating its position as the only global bioenergy producer to operate four cellulosic ethanol plants on an industrial scale with a combined total installed capacity of 280 000 m3 per annum.