Brazil: Petrobras opens second biodiesel factory in northeast Brazil

21 August 2008

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 21 Aug – Brazilian oil and fuel giant Petrobras Wednesday, in northeast Brazil, opened a second factory for biodiesel production, the company said in a statement published on its website.

According to the statement, this new factory is located in the city of Quixadá, in Ceará state, and has the capacity to produce 57 million litres of biodiesel per year.

At the end of July the state company’s first biodiesel factory was opened, in the city of Candeias, in Baía state, also in the northeast of Brazil.

A third factory, which has the same production capacity, is in the final stages of construction. It is located in Montes Claros, in the north of the state of Minas Gerais.

The three factories represent investments of 295 million reais and are expected to provide work to 55,000 smallholders responsible for supplying the raw material, the statement said.

The factories can operate using materials of vegetable origin (sunflower, soy and cotton amongst other materials), animal origin (beef, pork or chicken render) or waste oils and fats used for frying food, and are able to produce a total of 170 million litres of biodiesel per year.

Biodiesel production is the responsibility of Petrobras Biocombustível, a recently created subsidiary of the Brazilian state company. (macauhub)