Independent Engineer for First Corn Ethanol Plant Construction in Brazil.    

The client was considering investing in a project to construct the first corn ethanol plant in Brazil.  This project presented unique challenges due to the location.  Before making an investment, we reviewed the project execution plan and provided opinions of areas of risk for technical, commercial, execution, and regulatory aspects of the project to allow the financiers to appropriately evaluate the viability of the project.  

We visited the site monthly during construction to report on status of the budget and schedule for the investors.  

How We Did It

Our client constructed the project on budget and schedule and has been successfully operating for over two years with future projects in progress.  Harris Group’s review and monitoring gave comfort to the investors that the project was proceeding as planned, and when areas of schedule or budget risk appeared we assessed the potential impact and mitigation plans.  

Harris Group’s independent engineering expertise is rooted in our engineering design experience.  For over 40 years we’ve designed advanced industrial facilities in a variety of industries.  We have experience in what makes projects succeed and where the challenges are from pre-financial close through construction and commercial operations.  

With American investment being made on the other side of the globe, the project execution plan required special attention in certain areas to ensure success.  Some things that would be simple to do domestically are more challenging in a remote area of an emerging country.  Additionally, as the first corn ethanol plant in the country, a deep historical knowledge of this type of facility didn’t exist with local contractors, equipment manufacturers, and coproduct customers.  

This first corn ethanol plant located in Brazil has a nameplate capacity of 140 million gallons per year of denatured fuel ethanol along with animal feed coproducts.  The plant also has a cogeneration facility producing electricity for sale to the utility grid using primarily eucalyptus wood chips as a feedstock. 


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