Praj to begin work on ethanol plant expansion in Argentina

By Praj Industries | December 22, 2015

Ingenio Tabacal, one of the largest sugar and ethanol producer in Argentina has selected Praj for expansion of its existing alcohol and ethanol plant located in Salta province. Argentina has an ambitious ethanol blending program, with current mandate at 10 percent, which is likely to be increased in near future.

A professionally managed company, Tabacal is owned by Seaboard Corp. USA. Tabacal invited bids from international suppliers for this project. After due evaluation of various technologies from Europe, Brazil etc., Praj was selected based on its solution of lowest energy consumption, experience in the region and execution capability. 

While speaking on side lines of 5th Sugar & Ethanol Latin America Conference in Mexico City, Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman, Praj said that “This contract serves as the 60th reference for  Praj in the region and a definite preference for Praj’s technology and for its end to end solutions.”

For this 800 cubic meter (211,338 gallon) per day ethanol plant, Praj will employ efficient distillation and molecular sieve dehydration technology, using very low pressure exhaust steam to achieve 50-60 percent steam saving. Praj will also assist Tabacal in modernizing existing alcohol and ethanol production plant to bring the fermentation, distillation and vinasse treatment modules to achieve global benchmarks.

This  plant will be one of the most efficient plants  in Argentina’s sugar belt.  Earlier, Praj has commissioned a plant based on corn to ethanol in the Santa Fe province of Argentina for Vicentine SAIC. Praj has a significant market share in the Latin America.  Recently, Praj commissioned one of the largest ethanol plants in Colombia for Riopilla Castilla  with a capacity of 400 cubic meters per day.