International Sugar Journal

Brazil -Covid-19 – Cogen power supply to national grid increases by 1% in 2020 [Full subscriber]

Cane bagasse-based cogen output for sale to the national grid is expected to reach approximately 23,000 GWh in 2020. This is around 1% higher than the previous year. The marginal increase in growth is related to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the industry group Unica.

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Brazil – 2020/21 corn ethanol production to increase by over 80% [Full subscriber]

In the last five years, corn ethanol production in Brazil has increased more than tenfold. The 2020/21 corn ethanol production is expected to increase by 80.3% to 3.021 billion litres according to the national agricultural agency, Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento (Conab).

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Brazil reverts to applying 20% tariff for ethanol imports from USA [Full subscriber]

On 14th December, Brazil reinstituted 20% tariff on imports of ethanol from the USA as talks between the two countries on opening up their ethanol and sugar markets have simply not progressed, according to Brazilian government source speaking to Reuters.

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Brazil – Albioma commissions US$23 million cane bagasse cogen plant [Full subscriber]

Renewable energy producer Albioma successfully completed on 25 December 2020 industrial commissioning of cane bagasse cogen unit Vale do Paraná Albioma plant in Suzanápolis in São Paulo state, according to the company’s press release.

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Brazil – BNDES provides an emergency credit line of US$1.5 billion to cane producers [Full subscriber]

To support sugarcane producers (growers, co-operatives and sugar + ethanol companies) impacted adversely by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Federal Government will provide the sector, via the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), with a credit line of BRL7.65 billion (US$1.5 billion), through the Emergency Program to Support the Brazilian Sugar-Energy Sector (Peasse).

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Covid-19 pandemic triggers fall in global ethanol production by almost 15% in 2020 [Full subscriber]

Strongly impacted by the Covid‑19 crisis, global ethanol production is anticipated to contract 14.5% to 98 billion litres in 2020 – from 115 billion litres in 2019. Around 80% of the y-o-y fall in output is in the key markets of Brazil and the United States, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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Brazil – Grupo Integra buys Renuka’s sugar mill Usina Revati [Full subscriber]

The investment firm Grupo Integra acquired Renuka do Brasil’s sugar mill Usina Revati for BRL263.5 million (US$48.3 million) in an auction on 11th November, according to local press reports.

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Brazil – President Bolsonaro inaugurates filter cake+vinasse-based biogas plant [Full subscriber]

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro inaugurated on 16th October what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial-scale biogas factory that will use filter cake and vinasse, byproducts from sugarcane-based ethanol production in Guariba, Sao Paulo state.

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Brazil – São Martinho partners with Ericsson for 5G technology to upgrade its agricultural operations [Full subscriber]

The sugar-ethanol group São Martinho entered into a partnership with the telecommunications company Ericsson to develop and transform the company’s agricultural operations using 5G technology.

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Brazil – BNDES approves US$14 million for expanding ethanol storage and cogen capacity at Usina Laguna [Full subscriber]

Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) recently approved financing of BRL 80.2 million (US$ 14.2 million) to expand milling, storage and cogen capacity of the Usina Laguna ethanol plant in the municipality of Bataypora, Mato Grosso do Sul state, according to local press reports.

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