IncBio to supply 22.5 MMgy biodiesel plant to Colombia

By Ron Kotrba | July 13, 2015

Portugal-based IncBio has secured an agreement to design and build a 75,000-ton-per-year (22.5 MMgy) biodiesel plant for Biocosta Green Energy S.A. in Santa Marta, Colombia.

The plant will produce biodiesel from locally sourced crude palm oil blended with palm acid oil and palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD). The process is being designed to convert feedstock with total free fatty acid content up to 25 percent and will include pretreatment, acid esterification with IncBio’s solid catalyst technology, transesterification, dry wash using ion exchange resin and distillation. It will incorporate IncBio’s ultrasonic technology in all stages of the plant, the company stated.

“The client has awarded this contract to IncBio because our unique crude-vegetable-oil-to-biodiesel process has proven to be the most cost-effective in both capex and opex terms,” said José Marques, CEO of IncBio. “By using ultrasonic technology we can significantly reduce the amount of catalyst and reagents required in all steps of the process compared to traditional technologies while producing the highest quality biodiesel with yields that set a benchmark in the industry.”

IncBio expects the plant to be operational by May 2016.

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