Argentine corn producers plan ethanol plant in Salta

06 September 2011 19:31  [Source: ICIS news]

BUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--Four corn producers from the province of Salta plan to build an ethanol plant under the name Indagro in Argentina, the company said on Tuesday.

Construction could cost $40m (€28m), according to Eduardo Freytes, spokesperson from Indagro.

The plant will have a capacity of 80,000 cubics metre (cbm)/year of ethanol.

The plant will be in Salta's Anta department and will process about 250,000 tonnes/year of corn, or 40% of the province’s annual corn production.

In Argentina, most ethanol is based on sugarcane.

However, since the sugarcane industry cannot supply enough ethanol to meet Argentina’s 5% blending mandate, corn producers see ethanol as a potential market.

The four corn producers involved in Indagro are Anta del Dorado, Combustibles del Norte, Las Lajitas and Osmar Monaldi.

Freytes said that Indagro is still waiting for a final approval from the National Public Works and Planning Ministry, which should grant the company an 80,000 tonnes/year quota to sell in the domestic market.

Once the ministry approves the project, Freytes estimates that there will be a wait of a further 18 months until construction is completed.

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