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Gevo Raises $107 Million in IPO; Solazyme Next? Butamax Boogieing to Brazil?

Submitted by on February 10, 2011 – 5:51 amNo Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Highlights from the road show, according to our Digest spies. The company (Gevo) is touting that it will cost $40-45 million for each conversion of an existing ethanol facility to the production of biobutanol. The company is now projecting it will produce fuels and chemicals in the $3.20-$3.50 ramie in 2012, and reduce that cost to between $2.95 and $3.40 by 2015. Gevo is say, also, that it can double the EBITDA of an ethano facility via the conversion, at its projected yield of 101 gallons per ton of biomass, in this case corn.

…We expect that at least one more major partnership announcement will be made during the run-up to an IPO event, and we suspect that Solazyme, like others, may be headed for another major announcement regarding its operations in Brazil. We have been watching the Bunge partnership with great interest, and we suspect that the sugar and oil-trading giant may have big plans to find low-cost ways to fatten up Solazyme’s sugar-munching algae.

…BP-DuPont joint venture in biobutanol, Butamax – we believe that, based on what we are hearing in the field, that the company is developing interest from potential Brazilian partners faster than anticipated, and in fact the first commercial plant built using the Butamax technology may well be in Brazil.  READ MORE

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