Abengoa Temporarily Stops Ethanol Output at Rotterdam Plant

Abengoa SA (ABG) said it temporarily suspended ethanol production at its plant in Rotterdam while it completes occupational and environmental improvement projects.

The facility is Europe’s largest ethanol plant, able to produce 480 million liters of the biofuel annually and 360,000 metric tons of animal feed, according to an e-mailed statement dated Dec. 14. The plant, which started operations in 2010, is on a 23-hectare (57-acre) site with storage capacity for more than 55,000 tons of grain. The plant also has a delivery system that enables ships to unload at a designated grain dock.

The plant may be closed for as much as three months while maintenance is completed, the company said. The plant uses 1.2 million tons of grain annually. Abengoa is based in Seville, Spain.

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