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Shell Plans To Boost Ethanol Production In Brazil

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How Royal Dutch Shell Intends To Boost Ethanol Production In Brazil

Bidness Etc looks at the progress Shell is making in the joint-venture with with Cosan Limited to boost ethanol production in Brazil over the next ten years

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN
Published: Dec 30, 2014 at 7:19 am EST

The joint-venture between Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) and Cosan Limited(USA) (NYSE:CZZ), called Raizen, plans to spend nearly $1 billion on building ethanol production facilities to increase its biofuel output by 50%, according to the Financial Times (FT).

Cosan Limited intends to build eight ethanol plants over the next ten years, for an estimated cost of $930 million (2.5 billion reais). The plants will produce cellulosic ethanol fuel using sugarcane waste as its primary raw material, the most efficient source of biofuel. The first of eight plants was completed last week, and has an annual capacity of 40 million liters. After the completion of all plants, the company expects biofuel output to increase 50%. read more

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Shell to invest $1.6bn in Brazilian oil block

Royal Dutch Shell will invest more than $1.6bn in the second phase exploration of a key Brazilian oil block and also plans to compete in the country’s next auction of oil and gas concessions, senior company figures have disclosed.

An oil rig in Guanabara bay, Rio de Janeiro Photo: Alamy
Robin Yapp

By , in Sao Paulo 7:07PM BST 21 Sep 2011

Already Brazil’s second biggest oil producer after the state-run energy giant Petrobras, Shell has had impressive results in the Campos Basin, part of Brazil’s pre-salt oil fields that lie deep below the Atlantic ocean and a thick layer of salt.

Production in the area has been 30pc higher than anticipated, convincing Shell to make substantial further investment in the hope of seeing similarly impressive results.

Andre Araujo, president of Shell Brazil, said the second phase development of the BC-10 block in the Campos Basin – in which Shell has a 50pc share and is believed to hold 400m barrels of recoverable oil – will start next year. read more

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The bitter taste of Brazil’s sugarcane

In a 2009 report on Brazil, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, mister James Anaya, wrote that Mato Grosso do Sul “has the highest rate of indigenous children’s death due to precarious conditions of health and access to water and food, related to lack of lands.”

From pages 22, 23 & 24 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010

The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands)
Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011.

Joint venture with Brazil’s largest sugar and ethanol producer

On 25 August 2010, Royal Dutch Shell and the Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Cosan S.A. have signed binding agreements to form a joint venture in Brazil. The definite formation of the joint venture is expected to occur in the first half of 2011. The name of the joint venture will be Rai?zen. “Due to the size of its operations, Rai?zen will help sugarcane ethanol, a sustainable, clean and renewable source of energy, to consolidate itself worldwide and strengthen Brazil‘s position in the international biofuels trading business,” stated its appointed Chief Executive Officer, Vasco Dias. read more

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Brazilian Indians demand Shell leave their land

Survival’s Director, Stephen Corry, said today, ‘It’s a sad irony that people buy Shell’s ethanol as an ‘ethical’ alternative to fossil fuels: there’s certainly nothing ethical about its horrendous treatment of the Guarani.

Guarani man. Shell is using sugarcane planted on Guarani land. © F. Watson/Survival

Indians of the Guarani tribe in Brazil have demanded that energy giant Shell stop using their ancestral land for ethanol production.

Ambrosio Vilhalva, a Guarani man from one of the communities affected, told Survival, ‘Shell must leave our land… the companies must stop using indigenous land. We want justice, we want our land to be mapped out and protected for us’.

Shell is united with Brazilian ethanol company Cosan, in a joint venture company called Raizen. Some of Raizen’s ethanol, sold as a biofuel, is produced from sugarcane grown on the Guarani’s ancestral land. read more

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Shell launches ethanol project with Brazilian firm


Published on 15 February 2011

Royal Dutch Shell and Brazilian sugar company Cosan have presented plans for a joint venture to produce ethanol or alcohol fuel. It is estimated that the resulting company will have a market value of over eight billion euros.

A statement from Cosan said the new organisation would be called Raizen. It will employ about 40,000 people and produce over 2.2 billion litres of ethanol per year for the Brazilian and international markets.

Ethanol is made from sugar cane and used to fuel cars, producing hardly any CO2 in exhaust fumes. Many cars in Brazil already run on the fuel. Ethanol has been added to fuel in the Netherlands since 2007. read more

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Shell, Cosan and Slavery

POSTING BY AN OUTSPOKEN FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA

John,

I recently read about Royal Dutch Shell and Cosan forming a jointly owned corporation to produce ethanol in Brazil. We all know how Shell treats the Nigerians, and how they have treated the Brazilians from previous revelations about their ‘drins’ production facilities.

Now RD Shell appears to be sleeping with the devil again. Cosan is a corporation that allegedly has a nasty reputation for engaging in human slavery to cut ethanol and sugar production costs. Apparently, RD Shell management’s lust for profits know no bounds (see attached links). read more

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Shell, Brazil’s Cosan form $12 billion ethanol unit

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell and Brazilian sugar-production group Cosan said Monday they were forming one of the biggest joint ethanol fuel ventures in the world, with an estimated market value of $12 billion. The new entity, to be called Raizen, will employ around 40,000 people and produce over 2.2 billion liters (580 million gallons) of ethanol per year to Brazilian and international markets, the two companies said in a statement.

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Biofuel Industry Built From Scratch

Iogen, a Canadian firm backed by Shell, makes ethanol from wheat straw and supplied a Shell station in Ottawa for a month last summer

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Shell boosts second generation biofuels

Royal Dutch Shell is stepping up investment in research into “second generation” biofuels, putting more money into its joint venture with Iogen, a Canadian biotech company, in spite of having made only slow progress so far.

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Shell invests in Ottawa’s Iogen

Shell is stepping up its share of Iogen to 50 per cent from 26.3 per cent. The oil firm first invested in Iogen in 2002.

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Dominican Republic buys out Shell refinery stake

May 30, 2008: 4:41 PM EDTSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Dominican Republic has bought out Royal Dutch Shell PLC's share of a jointly owned oil refinery in a bid to stabilize fuel prices, the government said Friday.

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Burning food: why oil is the real villain in the food crisis

The rising cost of foods is widely being blamed on the use of grains for biofuels, and the case for the prosecution is simply made.

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Biofuels now seen as polluting and a threat to forests and food production

Brazil's ambitious plans for supplying the world with renewable sugarcane ethanol have been put on hold as criticism of biofuels escalates. Instead of being seen as a solution, biofuels have become the new villains of the energy scene and are now blamed for everything from hunger to climate change itself.

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Corny humour

Financial Times (Observer): Corny humour

“Corn Cob Bob, the Canadian mascot of the ethanol fuel industry, is slated for some US TV exposure thanks to a minor controversy created by Shell Canada.”: “Ethanol wasn’t getting much ink until a dust-up last month, when the green fuel lobby was asked to close its booth at the Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. Shell Canada was a sponsor of the festivities and “didn’t want us there”, says CRFA executive director Kory Teneycke.”:

Tuesday 9 August 2005

Corn Cob Bob, the Canadian mascot of the ethanol fuel industry, is slated for some US TV exposure thanks to a minor controversy created by Shell Canada.

Bob is a university student dressed as a farmer, but with a corn cob headpiece. He promotes the use of ethanol in gasoline for the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association.

Ethanol wasn’t getting much ink until a dust-up last month, when the green fuel lobby was asked to close its booth at the Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. Shell Canada was a sponsor of the festivities and “didn’t want us there”, says CRFA executive director Kory Teneycke. read more

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