Raízen, one of the biggest ethanol producer in Brazil, is looking at partnerships with Indian firms for second-generation ethanol, produced from bagasse and sugarcane leaves, President and CEO Luis Henrique Gulmaraes said. In the interim Brazil could also export ethanol to India to quicken its 10% ethanol-blend programme. Raízen, a 50-50 joint-venture between Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell , is the third largest Brazilian energy company by revenue and the fifth largest in the country.
Brazilian sugar mills are considering increasing their raw sweetener output at the expense of ethanol for automobile fuels after sugar futures surged to a two-year high this week, according to analysts. Raw sugar futures for March delivery in New York have climbed 9.1% since Jan. 2. Brazilian mills will post an all-time low production mix for sugar this season with only 34% of the cane used to produce the sweetener with the rest going to ethanol as demand and prices for the biofuel have increased.