Last week, FS Bioenergia began construction of its second corn-ethanol plant in Sorriso, Mato Grosso. This new planted is expected to produce 530 million liters (140 million gallons) of ethanol each year by 2020.
The company is also in the midst of a project to double the capacity of its 265-million-liter corn ethanol facility in Lucas do Rio Verde. That plant was Brazil’s first corn-ethanol facility.
Higher ethanol blending targets and better returns on the biofuel versus sugar have heightened demand for ethanol and spurred efforts to erect corn ethanol facilities and to convert existing facilities into flex mills that can use both corn and cane.