October 11 (Renewables Now) - Italy's Sebigas has been awarded a contract by Raizen-Geo to build a 17.5-MW biogas plant in Brazil.
The facility, which according to Sebigas will be the largest biogas plant in the Americas, will be located in the city of Guariba in the state of Sao Paulo. It will be constructed near the second largest ethanol and sugar mill of Raizen, a company which is a joint venture between Brazil's Cosan SA Industria e Comercio (BVMF:CSAN3) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS:RDSA). The plant will use vinasse, a by-product from ethanol production, to make biogas that will then be used to produce electricity, providing 17.5 MW of generation to the national grid.
The contract has been secured by Sebigas' local subsidiary, Sebigas Do Brasil, in cooperation with local partner Cotica.
"The sugarcane industry is the biggest potential biogas market in Brazil, and this large-scale project reinforces our commitment to the development of biogas in Brazil and also in Latin America, as a source of renewable energy," said Cotica executive director Mauricio Cotica.
Joao Alberto Abreu, executive vice president of Raizen's ethanol, sugar and energy area, commented that with the project, Raizen contributes to the environment by reusing industrial waste and greening Brazil’s energy matrix.