BSBIOS exports Brazil’s first biodiesel shipment

26 June 2013 20:23  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--BSBIOS has shipped 22 tonnes of biodiesel to the Dutch port of Rotterdam, the company said on Wednesday, and in doing so has become the first Brazilian producer to export the biofuel on a commercial scale.

The company has had authorization from Brazil’s National Agency of Oil, Natural Gas and Biodiesel (ANP) to export biodiesel since March 2008.

Despite the delay in kick-starting export operations, Erasmo Battistella, the president of BSBIOS, said the shipment marked a major step for the Brazilian biofuels industry.

“Many obstacles, in particular taxes and costs, have hindered negotiations with the European market,” said Battistella. “But this is a fundamental step towards demonstrating that Brazil can be a biodiesel exporter.”

BSBIOS is a joint venture between the biofuels division of state-run oil company Petrobras and local firm BSPar.

The company’s two units in the southern Brazil towns of Passo Fundo and Marialva have a combined production capacity of 350m litres/year.

BSBIOS’ operations director Gabriel Machado believes the key to the company’s future success is the price and quality of its biodiesel.

“This (first shipment) was just the first drop,” he said. “Now we want to conquer new markets.”

By: Simon West

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