Argentina: Installation of an Electricity and Potassium Sulfate Generation Plant which uses vinasse treatment

Created on: 22 Jul 2015 Last updated: 27 Apr 2017
Project Location
Latin America and the Caribbean
Cercana a Monteros, en el centro de la Provincia., Tucumán, Argentina
Primary Industry
Waste Treatment
Investment Amount
$10 to $50 Million
Investment Type
Equity Investment

Project Description

Vinasse, a highly contaminant liquid effluent, generates during the process of bioethanol production from sugar cane. The bioethanol industry does not have a technology to treat vinasse. As a result, the severe problem of water pollution in the basin of the Salí Dulce River remains unsolved. With this in mind, the project owner developed an innovative process that transforms vinasse into water, renewable energy and potassium sulfate using highly-tested technologies in the cellulose industry. In this way, not only will this environmental problem be solved, but also the project will generate three products at competitive costs, which are very demanded by the market. The expected income represents an annual turnover of US$ 46 million. If operative costs are deducted, fund flows result in an EBITDA of 60%.


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