Brazil to produce H-Bio, reduce diesel imports

Brazil’s state-owned Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) plans next December to reduce diesel imports with the industrial scale production of H-Bio, a new form of biodiesel. H-Bio is obtained through the mixture of 10% vegetable oil with petroleum.In 2007 Petrobras plans to use 256,000 l. of soy oil in the production of 2.56 million cu m of H-Bio fuel, Petrobras downstream director Paulo Roberto Costa said. That will replace 15% of Petrobras’s current diesel imports, estimated at 1.7 billion l. in 2006.By 2008, diesel imports will be reduced by 25% when H-Bio production will increase to 4.25 million cu m with a demand of 425,000 l. of soy oil, Costa said.Petrobras should see a ...

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