PetroVietnam to start up three new ethanol plants by Q2 2012

15 September 2011 10:48  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--State-run PetroVietnam is expected to start up three ethanol plants with a total production capacity of 300,000 cubic metres (cbm)/year by the second quarter of next year, a company executive said on Thursday.

The company's cassava-based 100,000 cbm/year fuel-grade ethanol plant in Dung Quat is expected to start commercial production by the fourth quarter of this year, said Pham Van Bac, deputy general manager at PetroVietnam's petroleum processing division.

PetroVietnam's 100,000 cbm/year ethanol plant in Phu Tho province is expected to come on stream by the end of 2011, Pham said.

The firm's third 100,000 cbm/year ethanol unit in Binh Phuoc province will come on stream in the second quarter of 2012, he added.

Pham was speaking at the sidelines of the Global Ethanol Focus 2011 conference, which is being held on 15-16 September in Singapore.

With additional reporting by Lester Teo.

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