Sumitomo Corporation, worldwide general trading house that handle the majority of the wood pellet imports to Japan, made two important investing movements during 2017 to reinforce its leading position in the biomass pelletizing sector and, in both cases, trusted PRODESA to provide our Technical advice and engineering jobs.
At the beginning of the year, Sumitomo selected Prodesa to develop a Technical inspection to Pacific BioEnergy wood pelletizing plants in British Columbia, Canada, with a total production of more than 550.000 metric tons per year.
During this technical inspection, our mission was to analyze in detail the process and machinery, suggest improvements and check the flexibility to adapt to raw material modifications.
In July, Sumitomo confirmed the acquisition of 48% share of Pacific BioEnergy.
Later on, Sumitomo once again relied on Prodesa to carry out an Evaluation and Technical Study, in this case to the 175.000 tons year of sugarcane straw and bagasse pelletizing plant that Cosan Biomassa (Joint venture with COSAN) has in Jaú (Brazil).
The offer included evaluation services for this innovative pelleting production plant and our advice for future plants of this promising biomass energy source.
Two weeks ago Sumitomo confirmed the decision to increase their participation in the JV
With these positive decisions, Sumitomo demonstrates his strong commitment and support to the Biomass renewable energy, role model now and in the future.