Promaíz S.A. has begun operations of its new bioethanol plant in Alejandro Roca in the central Córdoba province of Argentina. The corn ethanol plant, which uses technology from Vogelbusch Biocommodities, has a nameplate capacity of 420,000 liters (111,000 gallons US) per day, making it the largest of its kind in Argentina.
In Argentina, gasoline must contain 5% ethanol (E5) and the fuel ethanol production is government controlled under a quota system which assigns supply shares to the producers.
The start-up phase of the facility was performed without any problems and full production capacity was reached within less than a month. The plant will contribute a significant proportion of the national quota of ethanol in future. Promaíz already made its first delivery within the quota system from the new plant in August 2013.
When contracting the building of the new facility, Promaíz S.A. especially focused on a optimal utilization of energy and water. Vogelbusch says that he plant is designed for best-of-breed performance in terms of primary energy and freshwater consumption and fully complies with Argentina’s emission standards.
Vogelbusch Biocommodities GmbH plans and implements production facilities for biotechnology processes worldwide and is a leading international technology supplier for bioethanol plants. Customers include starch and sugar processing companies. The company is based in Vienna (Austria), and is part of the privately owned Vogelbusch group.