Petrobras helps launch fish oil extraction unit

By Ron Kotrba | January 17, 2013

Following an October partnership between Petrobras Biofuel and the Brazilian Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture to intensify research into producing biodiesel from waste fish oil, Petrobras Biofuel recently participated in the release of Machine Biopeixe, equipment to extract oil from fish waste developed by Nutec with support from the Bank of Northeast Brazil.

According to Nutec’s project coordinator, Tarcisio Costa Filho, the machine is in the process of technology transfer to future commercial-scale production. The completion of this phase was to begin late 2012 at the Research Laboratory of the National Department of Works Against Drought, at Pentecost, Ceará.
The equipment is designed to enable an environmentally sound end use of waste produced by the fishing industries and also allows the increase of the income of producers of tilapia ponds of Ceará with the sale of fish oil (biopeixe), extracted from waste, to biodiesel production.

Silvano Cavalcante, manager of agricultural supply for the Quixadá biodiesel plant, says, “This is a potential feedstock for biodiesel production with environmental gains, and [it] promotes social inclusion.”

According to Petrobras, the initiative is in line with the guidelines of the National Program for Production and Use of Biodiesel.

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