Jamaica dehydration plant expands

By | April 14, 2009
JB Ethanol Ltd., a 60 MMgy ethanol dehydration plant in Port Esquivel, Jamaica, recently completed an expansion project doubling its size to 120 MMgy. According to Thomas Rahn, a JB Ethanol director, the newly expanded dehydration plant was commissioned in March. Rahn said the hydrous ethanol JB Ethanol currently receives is shipped from Brazil with about 5 percent water. "We're not married to Brazil," Rahn said, but it is what works for the company right now. The moisture is removed in the Port Esquivel plant, in the parish of St. Catherine, to make fuel-grade ethanol bound for the U.S. market. "There are no ethanol production plants in the Caribbean, just dehydration plants," Rahn added. JB Ethanol's original 60 MMgy dehydration plant was commissioned in 2007. Dedini S/A Indústrias de Base supplied the plant equipment and dehydration technology.