Dow switches to biomass to power and run Candeias plant in Brazil

20 September 2013 03:14  [Source: ICIS news]

CAMPINAS, Brazil (ICIS)--Dow Chemical will use steam produced from biomass to produce electricity that will be used to run its Candeias plant in the state of Bahia,  Brazil energy producer Energias Renovaveis do Brasil (ERB) said on Thursday.

Dow produces propylene oxide (PO), propylene glycol (PG), caustic soda and hydrochloric acid (HCl) at its plant in the city of Candeias.

According to ERB, a Brazilian start-up which will provide Dow the biomass, the Candeias plant will use eucalyptus wood to produce electricity.

Currently, Dow's plant uses natural gas to run its processes and electricity as well.

The project, an investment of Brazilian Reais (R) 246m ($112m), expected to take shape in October, according to Dow.

According to ERB, after the eucalyptus is planted in the farms, it is transformed into pieces, which are then transported to Dow's plant in the state of Bahia.

There, the eucalyptus wood is burned and part of it is transformed into steam, which is used in the transforming processes of Dow, and to produce electricity, it said.

($1 = R2.2)

By: Leo Siqueira
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