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Petrobras Planning to Build Ethanol Pipeline for Exports

1 March 2007

Petrobras signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Japanese Mitsui & Co. and Brazilian Construções e Comércio Camargo Côrrea S.A. to begin technical and economic feasibility studies on building a pipeline to transport ethanol produced in Midwestern and Southeastern Brazil to the coast for export.

The pipeline will connect the Senador Canhedo municipality, in Goiás, to Petrobras’ Terminal in São Sebastião, State of São Paulo, going through the fuel distribution base located at the Paulínia Refinery (Replan).

The central west and southeast regions of Brazil produce most of Brazil’s sugarcane-based ethanol.

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So does anyone want to comment on how likely this is to be technically feasible? I figure that transportation of the fuel is one of the biggest stumbling blocks for ethanol, an efficient transportation system could go along ways towards making ethanol more competitive. Wouldn't solve all of the problems with ethanol of course, but step in the right direction maybe.

You just need appropriate material for the pipes. The big 'problem' with ethanol is that it's not compatible with existing infrastructure, not that pipeline infrastructure is impossible, just have to build new dedicated ones for it. Butanol doesn't absorb water as much as ethanol, and therefore is not corrosive to traditional pipeline infrastructure when blended with gasoline, but can be made from the same feedstocks.

Thanks!

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