Jamaican ethanol plant expansion nears completion

By Ryan C. Christiansen | February 04, 2009
Web exclusive posted Feb. 10, 2009, at 5:09 p.m. CST

JB Ethanol Ltd., a subsidiary of Jamaica Broilers Group Ltd., has temporarily suspended ethanol production at its 60 MMgy hydrous ethanol dehydration plant at Port Esquivel in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica, as it merges the operations of its current ethanol facility with a new 60 MMgy plant, which is expected to be completed later this month. The expanded 120 MMgy operation is expected to be commissioned in March.

"Given that we have no immediate supply commitments and, therefore, do not need to run the plant right now, we saw this as an opportunity to coordinate the merging of the two plants and the annual maintenance of the original plant," said Ian Parsard, vice president for finance and corporate planning for Jamaica Broilers.

According to Jamaica Broilers, the technology provider for the plant is Dedini S/A Indústrias de Base of Brazil and the hydrous ethanol feedstock supplier is Bauche Energy, also of Brazil. Netherlands-based Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. N.V. supplied and installed the tanks for the plant. The principal market for the company's ethanol is the U.S., the company said.