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Uruguay Alur sees record biofuel output in 2015

Sorghum. Author: Cyndy Sims Parr. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

December 2 (SeeNews) - Uruguay's Alcoholes del Uruguay SA (Alur), a subsidiary of state-owned oil company Ancap, expects to register its highest biofuel production this year with over 130 million litres (34.3m gallons), the government said on Wednesday.

At year-end the company will report 57 million litres of biodiesel and around 70 million litres of ethanol, having launched Uruguay's largest ethanol plant in February. Including sugar production and 110,000 tonnes of animal feed, the company will offset imports worth over USD 100 million (EUR 94.4m), CEO Manuel Gonzalez has said at a presentation of this year's crop results.

Biodiesel and ethanol with a share of 7% and 10%, respectively, are mixed with fossil fuel.

In full 2015, Alur will process nearly 1 million tonnes of raw material, including sugarcane, sorghum, soy, canola, animal fat, recycled oil and forest biomass.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.944)

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