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Surplus sugar in China will not be used to make ethanol
Source : resourceinvestor.com
China's sugar surplus will not be used to produce ethanol as it is not commercially viable, according to an expert. Thanks to a bumper sugarcane harvest, China is expected to witness a sugar supply surplus of between 0.5 million to 1 million tonnes in the 2007/2008 season, industry players have forecast. "It is impossible for China to develop sugar-ethanol projects as they are economically unsound", a sugar specialist from the Yunnan Sugar Association (YSA), who wished to remain anonymous, told Interfax. "Producing 1 tonne of ethanol consumes around 2 tonnes of sugar. But 1 tonne of ethanol costs around RMB 4'800 ($685) here in Kunming and 2 tonnes of sugar cost around RMB 7'000 ($1'000)", the expert said. "Sugar-to-ethanol technology is not a problem in China, but such projects would never be promoted until sugar production costs drop to low enough levels."
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26 April 2008 |
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