International Sugar Journal

Brazil – Maracajá Bioenergia invests US$100 million for corn-ethanol plant in Mato Grosso [Full subscriber]

The North American Lucas E3 announced on 6th May an agreement with the Brazilian Maracajá Bioenergia for the construction of a corn ethanol plant in Mato Grosso, according to Reuters and local press reports.

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Brazil – BNDES approves credit of BRL3 billion to producers to store ethanol [Full subscriber]

The National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) approved on 4th June a credit line of BRL3 billion (US$586 million) to finance the storage of ethanol, to support drop […]

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Brazilian researchers have developed high performing enzyme cocktail mix to hydrolyse cane bagasse for cellulosic biofuels [Full subscriber]

Brazilian researchers from Embrapa Agroenergia and the Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC) have developed an enzyme cocktail supporting competitive production of cellulosic ethanol from cane bagasse and crop residues. The patented […]

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Pakistan – Shortage of molasses impacts ethanol producers [Full subscriber]

The reduction in the cane acreage in Pakistan has invariably affected sugar production, and with it the availability of molasses for ethanol production, according to press reports.

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US ethanol shipped to China [Full subscriber]

According to three ethanol-industry sources and shipping data, a rare U.S. ethanol shipment will arrive in China before the end of May. This may be the first ethanol shipment to hit China since the two countries struck a trade deal earlier this year, reported Reuters.

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European ethanol producers fear dumping from US and Brazil [Full subscriber]

An influx of cheap US and Brazilian ethanol threatens Europe’s producers as businesses resume operations, companies have told the European Commission, urging it to act to protect an industry reeling from depressed demand, reported Reuters.

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USA – Lawmakers propose Covid-19 relief package for biofuel producers [Full subscriber]

The US lawmakers on 12th May introduced the stimulus package known as the HEROES Act that would include aid to biofuel producers after the demand for the fuel plummeted because of the coronavirus pandemic, causing mass shutdowns in the industry.

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Brazil – Revenues from ethanol sales down 50% in April [Full subscriber]

Fuel consumption declined sharply in Brazil in April, amid the impact of isolation measures taken to stem the spread of coronavirus, with demand for ethanol plummeting 49% year-on-year, said the minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, reported Reuters.

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USA – Over 70 ethanol plants idled and 70 more reducing their operations [Full subscriber]

Over “70 ethanol facilities with an annual production capacity of 6.1 billion gallons have been fully idled, and approximately 70 more plants have reduced their operating rates by a combined amount of 1.9 billion gallons annualized” according to 24 senators in a letter to President Trump on 7th May to support the sector as the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in steep decline in both gasoline and fuel ethanol demand

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Agave – not cost-effective feedstock for biofuels production [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the universities of Sydney, Exeter and Adelaide have found that while agave is an environmentally friendly crop which could be established in semi-arid regions, it is simply not profitable for use in the production of biofuels.

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