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(C) Vogelbusch Biocommodities 2013 - ProMaiz SA Alejandro RocaAceitera General Deheza shapes Argentina's industrial policy

November 2013. Promaíz S.A. is a joint venture between Aceitera General Deheza S.A. (AGD) and Bunge Argentina S.A. In summer 2013 the maize milling plant started operations at Alejandro Roca (Córdoba) some 500 km from Buenos Aires (270 km from ADG’s headquarters). Plans are to produce 140,000 m3/y of ethanol. By comparison, Argentina’s total production of ethanol was 122,000 m3 in 2010. According to a spokesperson of Casa Rosada, the country’s presidency, domestic ethanol from the new plant will substitute to naphtha oil imports valued at $117m (€86m; £73m). Argentina is the world’s third largest exporter of maize and policymakers wants to create more added value from bio-refining domestic commodities. Notwithstanding broad political support shareholders of the current joint venture also want to benefit from higher margins in exporting their products (valued then in US dollars). Therefore the new Alejandro Roca plant will also produce for foreign markets in the future.

(C) Vogelbusch 2013 - Promaíz Alejandro RocaIn addition to ethanol Promaíz’ shareholderswill also produce byproducts. Projections are of about 100,000tonnes/year of animal feed (vegetable oils, glucose etc.) during the initial phase. In a second phase the company will also manufacture oils, syrups (“jarabes”), ready-to-eat meals, and other products for human nutrition which is to support ADG’s core business. Then, Promaíz facilities will complement ADG’s Maní plant already in place and others in the province. Maní processes peanuts of farmer stock for human consumption of up to 500 (200 of blanched peanuts) tonnes/day and it has a storage capacity of 35,000 tonnes.

According to company sources both shareholders invested 850 million pesos (currently €106m; $144m; £90m) in the present biorefinery. ProMaíz expects an annual turnover of $200m with 105 employees on site in 2014. ed

 

Reference Company Press Release

Argentina’s Largest Ethanol Plant Commences Operations. Vogelbusch’s latest showcase project in South America

30-10-2013. Promaíz S.A’s bioethanol plant has reached full capacity at Alejandro Roca, Argentina within a very short time after a smooth start-up period. The plant utilizes ethanol technology licensed by Vogelbusch of Austria and is designed for best-of-breed performance in terms of primary energy and freshwater consumption and for full compliance with demanding emission standards. This includes Vogelbusch’s continuous fermentation process and the multipressure distillation/dehydration system. Air and odor emission at the plant is controlled with the aid of scrubber systems that remove volatile organic components from the exhaust stream and with treatment in a thermal oxidizer.

(C) Vogelbusch 2011 - Multi-pressure Distillation Process

The corn-based ethanol plant has a nameplate capacity of 420,000 liters per day making it the largest of its kind in Argentina. The bioethanol and byproducts (animal feed) produced in the facility are for the domestic markets and will contribute a significant proportion of the national quota of ethanol in future. Promaíz already made its first delivery within this quota system from the new plant in August 2013.

In Argentina, gasoline must contain 5% ethanol (E5) and the fuel ethanol production is government controlled under a quota system which assigns supply shares to the producers.
Source: Vogelbusch Biocommodities
(Graph Multipressure Process added by B2Bioworld)

 

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