Sugarcane ethanol plant to be built in Philippines

By Ron Kotrba | September 08, 2008
Web exclusive posted Sept. 9, 2008 at 2:31 p.m. CST

Plans for a new 12 MMgy ethanol facility are underway in the Filipino town of Magallanes, located in the province of Cavite, Philippines. The project is the fruit of a partnership between the Cavite Sugarcane Planters Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Cavite Biofuels Producers Inc.

The ethanol plant, which is expected to begin operations in 2010, will be the closest facility to metropolitan Manila. 60 percent of the ethanol consumed in the Philippines is done so in the metro Manila area.

In a Sept. 4 press release Cavite Biofuels Producers stated it will develop, construct and own the integrated sugar mill, ethanol facility and power cogeneration plant, which is expected to produce 5 megawatts of power for use at the refinery. The company also said its facility will house a carbon dioxide recovery plant and an anaerobic digester.

A ceremonial event was held Sept. 8 in conjunction with the sugarcane cooperative and CBPI launching their joint sugarcane nursery to supplement local supplies. The nursery will eventually supply the ethanol plant with sugarcane, which, in total, will be sourced from more than 14,800 acres in and around the towns of Magallanes and Maragondon, Philippines.