Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) today will construct a second biodiesel plant in Brazil. The facility, to be built in Joaçaba, Santa Catarina, will be adjacent to existing ADM soybean crushing and refining facilities. With an annual biodiesel production capacity of 164,000 metric tons, the plant will increase ADM’s biodiesel capacity in Brazil by more than 50%. Construction will begin in March of 2011 and is expected to be completed during the first half of 2012.
The Joaçaba biodiesel plant will be constructed next to ADM’s soybean crushing facility and vegetable oil refinery. Acquired from Sadia in 1998, these operations can currently process nearly 475,000 metric tons of soybeans and can refine approximately 73,000 metric tons of soybean oil annually. Once the biodiesel plant is operational, the facility is expected to increase the oil refinery capacity to nearly 110,000 metric tons per year.
[With] the recent implementation of 5 percent biodiesel blends in 2010—three years ahead of schedule—demand for biodiesel in Brazil continues to grow. With the Joaçaba biodiesel plant and our facility in Rondonópolis, ADM will play an important role in meeting that demand.—Domingo Lastra, president of ADM do Brasil Ltda.
This will be the first biodiesel plant in the state of Santa Catarina, which offers an ample supply of soybeans produced mainly by small family farms, according to ADM.
ADM began operations in Brazil in 1997, after purchasing soybean processing plants in Rondonópolis, Campo Grande, Joaçaba, Três Passos and Paranaguá. In 2002, ADM opened a fertilizer blending facility in Rondonópolis, and in 2007, the company began biodiesel production in Rondonópolis.
Today, ADM is the largest domestic meal supplier, second largest soybean crusher and second largest producer of bottled oil, with 21% of Brazil’s bottled oil market. The company is also the largest soybean meal exporter, the second largest exporter of soybeans and the Brazilian economy’s fifth largest exporter.
ADM owns or leases grain elevators in seven Brazilian states, including 20 in Mato Grosso, five in Mato Grosso do Sul, six in Goias, eight in Minas Gerais, one in Brasília, one in Bahia and two in São Paulo. In addition to five soybean processing facilities and its Rondonópolis biodiesel plant, ADM also operates a cocoa processing facility in Ilheus, Bahia, and three fertilizer blending plants—one in Catalão, one in Paranagua and one in Rondonópolis.
ADM has a partnership with Aliança Da Terra, a leading advocate for sustainability, to encourage Brazilian soy growers to adopt sustainable farming practices, and is a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil, which works to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil.