Amyris and Sao Martinho start preparations for JV plant in Brazil

22 December 2010 00:46  [Source: ICIS news]

SAO PAULO (ICIS)--US-based Amyris and Grupo Sao Martinho are starting to prepare the construction site of a renewable products plant in Brazil, Amyris said on Tuesday.

Amyris has a joint venture with Brazil's Sao Martinho, where a biobased hydrocarbon, Biofene, would be made, the company said.

The joint venture plant would be built at Usina Sao Martinho, the site of an 8.5m tonne/year sugarcane crush facility in Pradopolis, Sao Paulo state.

The project was expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2012, Amyris added.

The product would be used in the making of cosmetics and as a lubricant.

“This is an exciting day for Sao Martinho, as we partner with Amyris to deliver renewable chemicals produced directly from our cane,” said Fabio Venturelli, CEO of Grupo Sao Martinho.

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