Solazyme and Bunge Break Ground on Renewable Oils Production Facility in Brazil
Hildo Henz Joins as General Manager of the Joint Venture
Solazyme, Inc. (NASDAQ: SZYM) and Bunge Global Innovation LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), a global agribusiness and food company, announced today they have broken ground on a 100,000 metric ton renewable oil production facility adjacent to Bunge's Moema sugarcane mill in Brazil. Construction started on schedule and the plant is targeted to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2013. Additionally, Hildo Henz, an experienced engineer who has led major refinery projects during his career, has been appointed General Manager of the joint venture, which was formed in April 2012 and will operate under the name Solazyme Bunge Produtos Renováveis Ltda.
Mr. Henz brings over 20 years of experience in operations and management to his new role. Previously, he was the engineering director at Brenco, a Brazilian renewable energy company, where he led greenfield projects in excess of US$ 500 million. Prior to Brenco, Mr. Henz was CEO of Alberto Pasqualini - REFAP S/A, a Petrobras/Repsol joint-venture refinery in Brazil, where he led its US$ 1.3 billion expansion. He had previously served as a strategic planning manager at Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro, where he implemented new refining technologies.
“Our joint venture with Solazyme is off to a strong start and we continue to build excitement about the renewable oil product opportunities that will emerge from the partnership. Breaking ground at Moema and adding Hildo as General Manager are great indications of our joint commitment to the sugar-to-oils platform and we look forward to continued progress,” said Ben Pearcy, Managing Director of Sugar & Bioenergy and Chief Development Officer, Bunge Limited.
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