Rhodia to develop bagasse biomass project in Brazil

01 December 2010 14:59  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Rhodia plans to develop a project using bagasse-based biomass to generate electricity at a 70 megawatt (MW) cogeneration power plant in Brazil, the France-based specialty chemicals major said on Wednesday.

Rhodia said it had agreed with Brazil’s privately held Paraiso to upgrade and operate a cogeneration unit at Paraiso’s ethanol and sugar plant in Brotas city, using that plant’s bagasse biomass as raw material to produce electricity.

Paraiso had committed to supplying Rhodia with all bagasse and other sugar cane solid waste on an exclusive basis to power the cogeneration unit, Rhodia added.

Most of the electricity generated by the cogeneration unit would be sold to the local grid, Rhodia said.

The project, to be undertaken by Rhodia's energy services businesswas an important step in Rhodia’s strategy to leverage its expertise in energy optimisation and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction into a growing biomass-to-energy business, it said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Dow Chemical announced a project to use eucalyptus wood biomass to help power and supply steam at its Aratu chemical complex in Brazil.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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