Mexico will have ethanol biorefinery in 2016
Bee Energy, renewable energy company found with Mexican and American capital, will open its first ethanol biorefinery in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in the second half of 2016. The plant will produce first and second generation ethanol, using the technology from Novozymes and Beta Renewables, partners in the project.
The plant’s activities will focus on producing ethanol and electricity. 15,000 hectares of sugarcane and sorghum saccharine will be planted, with a crushing capacity estimated in 10,000 tons per day. For strategic reasons, the company is not disclosing the figures of the investment nor the installed capacity of the new plant. “We view bioenergy as an important tool for the sustainable production of ever-larger quantities of both energy and food as current technology allows you to be mutually successful ” says the company in a statement.
After six years of investment, research and negotiations to develop an advanced biofuels program, Bee Energy aims to become the premier ethanol producer in Mexico in the next years. Created in 2009, the company is located on the border of three major Mexican States (San Luis Potosi, Veracruz and Tamaulicas). Since its arrival, the company has hired and trained professionals in the region to work in different areas of the biorefinery. According to the agriculture manager, Roberto Chamorro, the company intends to positively impact the region, turning it into a pole of development. “You can’t define renewable energy without first defining how you sustain the communities you impact,” he said. When the plant starts operating, it will generate about 5,000 direct and indirect jobs. The aim is to prioritize human development and the creation of opportunities that will contribute to the improvement of the regional reality.
The construction of the biorefinery follows the premises of sustainable development that Bee Energy has as one of its pillars. “In addition to being committed to our social responsibility, this will be an extremely efficient plant, which will have features aimed at reducing environmental impacts,” Chamorro said.