Ethanol Biofuel Plant In Vietnam

sorting cassava in Vietnam
PetroVietnam’s ethanol biofuel will come from cassava, which is also an important food stock.

Alfa Laval, a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation, and fluid handling, will provide equipment and engineering solutions to a PetroVietnam Group ethanol production plant in central Vietnam in two agreements valued at SEK 200 million. The plant will produce about 330,000 litres of fuel ethanol per day from cassava chips. Alfa Laval’s heat exchangers will be used in a starch-based fermentation, distillation, and dehydration process. Delivery is scheduled for 2010.

“Alfa Laval has for many years been an acknowledged leading supplier to the established ethanol markets in the US and Brazil”, says Lars Renstroem, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group. “This is our second order from Vietnam in short time and it confirms our strong position also in the growing Asian market.”

“Biofuel continues to be an interesting area for Alfa Laval where our products play a vital role”, says Renstroem. “By using Alfa Laval products and solutions it is possible to improve the yield and at the same time reduce the water consumption and increase the energy efficiency.”

The PetroVietnam plant is part of the biofuel development program, ratified by the Vietnam Government last year, aiming at partly replacing traditional fuels with renewable energy.

Alfa Laval’s equipment, systems and services are dedicated to assisting customers in optimizing the performance of their processes. The solutions help them to heat, cool, separate and transport products in industries that produce food and beverages, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, starch, sugar and ethanol.

Alfa Laval’s products are also used in power plants, aboard ships, in the mechanical engineering industry, in the mining industry and for wastewater treatment, as well as for comfort climate and refrigeration applications. Alfa Laval’s worldwide organization works closely with customers in nearly 100 countries to help them stay ahead in the global arena.

Alfa Laval is listed on the Nordic Exchange, Nordic Large Cap, and, in 2008, posted annual sales of about SEK 28 billion (approx. 2.9 billion Euros). The company has some 12 000 employees.

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