Brazil biofuels group proposes increased ties with Colombia

18 August 2011 15:32  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil and Colombia must intensify bilateral relations in agriculture, particularly biofuels, to gain prominence in Latin America and on the global stage, Brazilian sugarcane group Unica said on Thursday.

Colombia has vast experience in irrigation and harvests a significant number of sugarcane varieties, Unica said, adding that the two countries could exchange technology to further develop the Colombian industry.

"There is room for improvement in sugar and ethanol production, bioelectricity generation and the development of new products such as bioplastics and diesel from sugarcane,” said Unica president Marcos Jank.

The two countries can work together to promote the search for efficiency gains in the performance of flexible-fuel vehicle (FFV) engines, he added.

FFVs account for around half of Brazil's automobile fleet, according to Unica. Colombia is expected to introduce that type of vehicle into its fleet in 2014, the group said.

FFVs can run on gasoline or stand-alone hydrous ethanol.

Colombia blends ethanol in gasoline at 8–10%, while a feasibility study for a nationwide blend of 20% is underway, Unica said.

Brazil blends ethanol in gasoline at a mandated 18–25%.

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By: William Lemos
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