First large-scale ethanol plant in Rio Grande do Sul will supply 23% of the state’s demand

On Monday morning, at Palácio Piratini, the Government of Rio Grande do Sul signed a protocol of intent with the company BSBIOS for the construction of the first large-scale ethanol plant in the state. The BSBIOS venture will be headquartered in Passo Fundo with an installed capacity to process 1,500 tons of cereals per day (which will result in 220 million liters of ethanol) and 155 million tons of bran per year. In order to have a volume of grains to process, the ECB Group, owner of BSBIOS, chaired by Erasmo Battistella, bets on increasing winter crops such as wheat and triticale, based on specific varieties. In total, the new plant must process 260 thousand tons of cereals per year, including corn, wheat, triticale, rice, sorghum and others.

Battistella explains that, currently, Rio Grande do Sul imports 99% of its ethanol demand, and that, with the new plant, when it is fully operational, starting in 2027, it will be able to supply 23% of this need. The investment, according to the businessman, will be R$ 316 million in the first phase of implantation of the unit, which will start operating in 2024. The protocol signed with the government establishes differentiated ICMS tax treatment for the acquisition of machinery and equipment. “The initiative will represent an increase in the supply of bran for the animal protein production chains, in addition to promoting investment in the development of genetic technology for the production of specific wheat for ethanol production and being a viable income opportunity for the farmer with the winter cereal crop”, he says.



Governor Ranolfo Vieira Junior and the CEO of BSBIOS, Erasmo Battistella, signed the protocol that will grant the company tax benefits. Photo: Gustavo Mansur / Palácio Piratini / Publicity / CP

A partner in the research that makes the plant’s goals viable, Biotrigo Genética has been working on wheat cultivars with important characteristics for the production of ethanol and animal feed. starch, and high productivity. As for the production of the ethanol co-product (bran), called DDG, we added better genetic resistance to FHB compared to other cultivars and, especially, other winter cereals”, explains the director and breeder of Biotrigo Genética, André Cunha. Pink.


Chairman of the board of directors of the ECB Group, former Minister of Agriculture Francisco Turra celebrated the signing of the protocol of intentions. Turra recalled the project suggested by him, for better use of agricultural areas in the state for winter crops (conducted in the Duas Safras da Farsul, already in progress). “We got together to do the obvious and bring development to our State”, analyzed Turra. The 155 million tons of bran, a by-product of ethanol, will be used to feed dairy herds and poultry and swine herds.

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