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Paysandú ethanol plant

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The Paysandú ethanol plant project comes under Alur's strategy to increase biofuel production in response to new legislation compelling Ancap to increase the current 2% ethanol admixture in its gasoline to 5%. The plant produces ethanol from sorghum, corn, barley malt, and wheat. The waste products of ethanol production are used as fodder for livestock. In addition, the company built an 8MW biomass plant, of which 4MW is consumed by the plant itself and the rest sold to state power company UTE. The project was developed and 94% owned by Alur, a subsidiary of Uruguay's state oil company Ancap. The remaining share is owned by Venezuela's PDVSA.

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Key Specs

Full Name
Paysandú ethanol plant
Project Type
Downstream, Onshore, Refineries
Development Phase
In operation
Project Status
Project Capacity
70  Ml/y (Million liters per year)  Refineries
US$ 147mn
Completion Date

The Paysandú ethanol plant is located in Nueva Paysandú, in Uruguay's Paysandú department.

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