20 September 2012 05:47 [Source: ICIS news]
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The increased bioethanol capacity will be a combination of product from both feedstock sugarcane and molasses, while sweet sorghum is a third raw material under consideration for future distillation, according to Jose Alisla from the country's Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
Alisla was speaking at the third CBI Global Ethanol Focus in
Planned additional capacity from distilleries for the short term will add 97.5m litres to the existing total capacity at 133m litres.
However, the new capacity will be only a 43% increase of the
The E10 mandate requires oil companies to produce gasoline with a 10% ethanol content.
However, the agency's long-term forecast has a more positive outlook, with the industry adding 13 distilleries that use both feedstocks.
In the 2011-2012 crop year, sugarcane production in the
By 2014-2015, the country's sugarcane production will increase to 30.6m tonnes, while its bioethanol production will grow to 279m litres and to 305m litres by 2015-2016.
"If all locally produced molasses are processed into bioethanol by 2014-2015, this will readily produce 50% of the mandatory requirement [for oil companies to purchase domestic product]," Alisla said.
"[We have] an area of no less than half a million hectares of land that have been identified as potential areas for bioethanol production. This includes lots in northern
"We want to assist investors in establishing sugarcane farms and in the construction of distilleries," Alisla said.
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