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Galp Energia and Petrobras Form Joint Venture in Biofuels

Galp Energia, Portugal’s leading oil and gas company, and Brazil’s Petrobras (Petróleo Brasileiro, S.A.) are creating a joint venture for the annual production of 600,000 tonnes of vegetable oils in Brazil as well as the production, marketing and distribution of biofuels in the Portuguese and European markets.

The agreement follows the memorandum of understanding signed last May in Lisbon by the two companies.

The 50-50 joint venture company will produce:

  • 300,000 tonnes of vegetable oils for the production of renewable diesel via a hydrogenation process at Galp Energia refineries in Portugal; and

  • 300,000 tonnes of vegetable oils for biodiesel production for export to Portugal and other European countries.

Portugal will require the use of 10% biofuels domestically beginning in 2010.

Galp Energia was formed in 1999 from two pre-existing Portuguese government-owned companies: Petróleos de Portugal - Petrogal, S.A., the only refiner and the leading distributor of oil products in Portugal, and GDP - Gás de Portugal, SGPS, S.A., the company responsible for the import, transportation and distribution of natural gas in Portugal.




This is great and all, I love the alternative fuel options and that people and companies are taking the initiative where governments seem to be lacking but I hope the companies are looking into options that do not involve cutting down tree’s that are hundreds of years old in the rain forest to grow soybeans. Though it may provide relief from importing oil it is an overall major negative for us all environmentally speaking.


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