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Porta Hnos licenses Gevo’s bio-isobutanol technology for Argentina

Porta Hnos S.A. has signed a letter of intent to become the exclusive licensee of Gevo’s GIFT technology in Argentina to produce renewable isobutanol.

Porta is a 132-year-old family-owned company in Argentina that produces liquor, vinegars and has a 120 m3/day corn ethanol plant. In addition, Porta has designed and built two 250 m3/day ethanol plants for others and they are working on 2 more ethanol plants for 2014. Half of all current ethanol plants in Argentina were designed by Porta, and they have a joint venture with Alpha Laval to provide separation and evaporation expertise.

Isobutanol’s versatility and hydrocarbon-like properties make it an ideal renewable fuel and chemical for Argentina and Gevo’s GIFT technology is the most efficient way to produce it. Porta is already a leading ethanol producer in Argentina and we would like to expand our footprint to other high-value renewable alcohols such as isobutanol.

—Fernando Porta, Vice President of Porta

Commercial licensing of our GIFT technology in the US and abroad is the next step in Gevo's business model and we are very pleased to be working in Argentina with an industry leader like Porta. Commercial licenses demonstrate the value of Gevo's GIFT® technology to the market place and enables a low-capital route to building out renewable isobutanol capacity globally.

—Patrick Gruber, Gevo’s chief executive officer



Argentina has enough unused productive land areas to produce most of the bio-fuel the country requires and stop importing crude oil, diesel oil and gasoline.

Isobutanol would be a better approach than ethanol.

Secondly, Argentina has more than enough high quality wind to produce clean electricity for residences, shops, factories and future electrified vehicles.

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