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Brazil considering fuel exports to Asia

Rio De Janeiro: Brazil is said to be considering plans to export ethanol and biodiesel to Japan and other Pacific and Asian markets. The project would involve transporting processed ethanol along barges and pipelines to a transhipment area in the Foz de Iguacu area, on the border with Argentina and Paraguay, from where it would be shipped by train to the north Chilean port of Iquique.

Luiz Perna, an international consultant, is carrying out the study on behalf of various Brazilian sugar and ethanol producers. He said: "This logistics highway already exists but obviously some improvements will have to be made."

The Tiete Parana river runs for 2,400 km through the states of Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and Parana and is already used for transporting soya and other grains from Brazil's interior out to the country's main loading ports.

Brazil is one of the most advanced countries in the world in terms of bio-fuel technology and is starting to develop ethanol export markets in Japan, Venezuela and Europe.

Transpetro, the shipping arm of state-owned oil giant Petrobras, is about to build three new chemical tankers that are likely to be used to transport ethanol to Brazil's growing ethanol export markets, The vessels are already chartered to supply Japanese importers.  [13/03/07]

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