Colombian Agriculture Ministry to build a biodiesel plant in El Salvador

With the goal of strengthening and promoting cooperation under the MesoAmerican Biofuel Project framework, which in turn is part of the Puebla to Panama Plan, Colombia's Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry last September signed a memorandum of understanding on technical cooperation in biofuels with El Salvador .

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

To carry out the project, the ministry delivered to the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research (Corpoica) two billion pesos to get the project started.
Last February Corpoica signed the Specific Agreement for the Exchange of Technology with the National Center of Agricultural and Forestal Technology (CENTA) of El Salvador, which has the rest of the resources agreed to for development of the project.

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Embrapa Will Open Panamanian Headquarters

August 2009

Embrapa, a Brazilian agricultural research company, will install its regional headquarters in Panama.

The president of International Cooperation at Panama's Agricultural Development Ministry said that the presence of this company will boost feasibility studies for ethanol production.

Panama: $16 Million for Biofuels

August 2009

In the next five years, the State will install a biodiesel and an ethanol plant.

The project, directed by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (Mida), also includes activating an existing biodiesel plant.

"The existing machinery is worth $1 million, and was built by the state-owned Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research", reported

Bio-diesel production starts in El Salvador

February 2009

In April the pilot plant, donated by Colombia, was inaugurated. It will have the capacity to produce 10 thousand liters of bio-diesel per day. reports on its website: "The pilot plant, which was installed in October 2008 at the National Center for Agriculture and Forestry Technology (Centa), will have the capacity to produce 10 thousand liters of bio-diesel per day, on a 10 hour shift, from palm and fig oils and even from recycled oils. However they are still awaiting an oil extraction modules."

El Salvador can produce 40 thousand gallons of bio-diesel per day

August 2008

Existing companies have the infrastructure to produce 40 thousand gallons, which is equal to 6% of the total national demand for fuel.

The production of bio-diesel in the country is a "win-win" project, the executive director of the Salvadoran Business Council for Sustainable Development, Luis López Lindo, said.

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