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Amyris May Provide Sugar-Cane Biofuel for Gol World Cup Flights

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Amyris Inc., the biotechnology company part-owned by Total SA, expects to supply Brazilian air carrier Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA with sugar-cane based biofuel for 200 flights during next year’s World Cup.

The companies announced plans to collaborate on sustainable fuel in an e-mailed statement today.

“The first milestone is to get the fuel approved,” by the standard-setting body American Society for Testing & Materials, Joel Velasco, a spokesman for the company, said today in an interview in Sao Paulo. “Then we have to reach commercial terms.”

The standards group may approve a 10 percent blend of Amyris’s farnesene fuel with conventional aviation fuel as early as December, Velasco said. Brazil’s fuel regulator Agencia Nacional do Petroleo may authorize its use two months later.

“Gol is committed to making commercial aviation more efficient and sustainable,” Adalberto Bogsan, a vice president with the airline, said in the statement.

Amyris has a plant in Brazil’s southeastern city Brotas that turns sugar-cane juice into farnesene, a 15-carbon molecule that’s processed into fuel for buses and an emollient for the cosmetics industry, Velasco said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephan Nielsen in Sao Paulo at snielsen8@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will Wade at wwade4@bloomberg.net

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