US Solazyme, Bunge break ground on Brazil renewable oils plant

26 June 2012 13:32  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US bio-products company Solazyme and agribusiness Bunge have broken ground on a 100,000 tonne/year renewable oils plant in Brazil, they said on Tuesday.

The plant, next to Bunge's sugarcane mill at Moema in Brazil's Minas Gerais state, is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2013, the companies added without disclosing financial details.

Solazyme and Bunge also said that they appointed Hildo Henz as general manager of their Brazilian joint venture, Solazyme Bunge Produtos Renovaveis. Henz was previously engineering director at Brenco, a Brazilian renewable energy company.

The companies formed their joint venture, which will produce sugarcane-based triglyceride oils for use in oleochemical and fuel applications in the Brazilian market, in April.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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