Commitment to Action

Cassava Bio Ethanol Plants

Commitment by

Grupo GPC

In 2009, Grupo GPC committed to developing alternative sources of energy through the production of bio ethanol from cassava plants. This intensive agricultural production will generate employment in an area of Colombia that has been heavily impacted by a half century of violence, thereby reclaiming marginal lands and creating social benefits. Over the course of three years, three plants will open, generating 3,000 direct jobs and 5,000 indirect jobs in total.
As of June 2010, one industrial plant is now in operation, with daily production of 20,000 liters of Bio Ethanol. The first 350,000 liter plant is estimated to be in operation in late 2011, necessitating a cassava field of 21,000 hectares. The second 350,000 liter plant will open in 2012, in conjunction with a 21,000 cassava field. The third plant will be opened with the same capacity and the same cassava field in 2013.

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Commitment

Cassava Bio Ethanol Plants

Launched

2009

Est. Duration

3 Years

Estimated Total Value

$139,000,000

Region

Latin America & Caribbean

Countries

COLOMBIA

Commitment by

Grupo GPC

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Chevron Corporation