Global technology company ICM International has entered an agreement with energy firm Neomille to design a bio-refinery in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

The plant, due to be built in Maracaju, would deliver a corn grinding capacity of 3,400 tonnes/day and produce over 500M litres/year of anhydrous ethanol or 540M/year of hydrous ethanol, ICM said on 3 August.

Its production output would also include 23M/year of corn oil, in addition to 390,000 tonnes/year of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS).

As part of the agreement, ICM said it would be providing Neomille with technology, engineering and equipment solutions.

Neomille is a subsidiary of Cerradinho Bioenergia and both companies are part of the Cerradinho Group.

Through Neomille, Cerradinho Bioenergia has been investing in corn-based ethanol and animal feed in Brazil.

“We see corn-based ethanol as a relevant business model that supports the Brazilian corn industry and creates value for the local economy. ICM’s technologies will help us efficiently drive biofuel production and development in the region and strengthen our position in the animal nutrition market,” Cerradinho Bioenergia’s director of new business Renato Pretti.

The new plant was due to become operational in the third quarter of 2023, ICM said.

Headquartered in Colwich, Kansas, USA, with a regional office in Brazil, ICM supplies technology and services to the agriculture and renewable energy sectors, including ethanol and feed technologies.

Originating in Catanduva, São Paulo, the Cerradinho Group is active in the sugarcane, energy, agricultural properties and logistics industries.