South American Biodiesel Expansion

Camera, DuPont to build catalyst plant in Brazil
By Ron Kotrba | May 01, 2012

To expand its Brazilian market share of biofuels, Camera Agroalimentos SA, a Brazilian biodiesel producer, is partnering with DuPont to produce the biodiesel catalyst sodium methylate. Together, Camera and DuPont will work on developing a modular production unit expected to be operational late this year or early next. The initial production capacity will be 15,000 tons a year, but the company anticipates doubling capacity in two years as Brazil’s biodiesel mandate increases. DuPont will provide the necessary technology for the production of sodium methylate; specifically, DuPont will provide mercury-free metallic sodium and the production technology to produce sodium methylate. Camera is analyzing a site for the construction of the sodium methylate factory, which may be built at the Port of Star, Rio Grande do Sul. The two phases of the project, construction and expansion of the plant, are expected to cost around $20 million. Camera will use the catalyst it produces at the new plant for its own biodiesel plants and will sell the rest to other nearby facilities.

—Ron Kotrba

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