Bioethanol deal finalised as Guyana turns to renewable energy

Bioethano Production Process

The Government and UK-based Whitefox technologies have finalized a deal which aims to divert from imported oil dependence.

Whitefox will install the units for a Bioethanol demonstration plant at the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s Albion Sugar Factory, with a turnkey unit set for delivery in early 2013. Guyana is totally reliant on imported oil.

Whitefox Chief Executive Officer, Gillian Harrison said he is pleased that his company can play a role in the development of Guyana’s ethanol industry.

He said there is vast potential in Guyana by utilizing locally-produced resources to produce ethanol and electricity.

Locally-sourced molasses will provide the base feedstock for ethanol production, but, other feedstocks will be considered once the facility is up and running.

Sugar cane is one of Guyana’s main commodities, responsible for approximately 20% of its annual revenue, and 40% of all agricultural production.