MercoPress. The Bertin Group, Brazil’s largest beef exporter, is building a plant to convert the cow tallow from its abattoirs into biodiesel.
The US$18 million plant will begin production in June 2006 in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is expected to produce 100,000 tons (approximately 23 million gallons US) of biodiesel annually. The factory is expected to produce almost 14% of the biodiesel required to comply with the Brazilian government’s target of blending 2% biodiesel with petroleum diesel effective January 2006 (earlier post).
The plant will be the largest of its kind in Brazil and the first to use tallow as the basic feedstock. Brazil has a cattle herd of 190 million.
Bertin Group, based in Lins, Brazil, is one of the world’s largest fully integrated bovine production operations with 18,000 employees. The construction of the biodiesel factory is a diversification strategy of the Group which is complementing its main beef production with other options such as cosmetics, footwear and fuel.