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Algae.Tec Planning to Raise $600 Million by 2015

September 25, 2012
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

algaeteclogo300Bloomberg News is reporting that Algae.Tec Ltd., Australian-based producer of algae cultivation systems, is planning to raise as much as $600 million to build up to six algal fuel production factories by 2015, in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Australia and the U.S.

“We will be using different project finance structures for all of these projects and they’ll all be roughly $100 million,” Chairman Roger Stroud told Bloomberg by phone from Sao Paulo.

Algae.Tec on Sept. 19 disclosed it was working with Lufthansa, Europe’s second-biggest airline, to build a factory in the south of the region, and expected to begin producing fuel in early 2015. The airline will contribute to funding for the project and buy at least half of the fuel produced at an agreed price.

Algae.Tec declined to disclose the expected cost of the European development, saying it was subject to a feasibility study. The company also began talks with Brazilian partners to build one or two factories in the country, Stroud said.

The company is also studying the possibility of a plant in Sri Lanka, as part of its joint venture with a unit of Holcim Ltd., and is “far along” in feasibility studies for sites in the southwestern U.S. and Australia.

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