Novozymes, Raizen to work on Brazil cellulosic ethanol project

18 September 2013 18:34  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Novozymes has agreed to work with Brazil's sugarcane crusher and ethanol major Raizen on a 40m litre/year (11m gal/year) cellulosic ethanol plant, the Denmark-based industrial biochemicals, enzymes and technology firm said on Wednesday.

The plant, at Raizen’s Costa Pinto sugarcane mill in Brazil's Sao Paulo state, is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2014.

Novozymes said as part of its agreement with Raizen that it would supply its enzyme technology to plant, which will be Raizen’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility.

"This first plant developed by one of the world’s largest sugarcane ethanol producers marks an important step in the commercialisation of cellulosic ethanol in Brazil," said Thomas Videbaek, Novozymes’ executive vice president of business development.

Novozymes will also supply its technology for a second Raizen cellulosic ethanol plant, should Raizen decide to build such a plant, it said.

Financial details were not disclosed.

Novozymes added that it plans to set up a facility to produce enzymes in Brazil. However, the company has not yet determined that project's location and size.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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