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Biocarburantes Castilla y Leon is now producing bioethanol

June 20, 2006

Madrid, June 20, 2006. The bioethanol production facility at Babilafuente, Salamanca, has been gradually brought into operation during the months of April and May and is expected to reach 100 per cent of its production capacity within the next two months, a period that will be dedicated to adjusting and optimizing the production process.

The production capacity of the Biocarburantes de Castilla y Leon facility, in which Abengoa and Ebro Puleva each hold a 50 per cent interest, is 200 million liters of bioethanol per year utilizing 473,000 tons of wheat as raw material. In addition to the bioethanol, the facility will produce 166,000 tons of a compound, DDGS, which is utilized to manufacture feedstock, and it will also produce electricity for self-consumption and will export some 150,000 MWh/year to the grid.

Of special note is the fact that some of the bioethanol will be produced by the conversion of biomass from grain by means of a novel technology at world level that is being developed by Abengoa as part of its intense R&D program.

The bioethanol produced will be exported and utilized to produce ETBE, a gasoline additive that reduces the contaminating emissions from this fuel. Of note is the successful, and in record time – a month before schedule – loading of the first tanker of bioethanol for ETBE manufacturing that set sail on Saturday May 27 from the Port of Santander with a consignment of 5,118 m3 of bioethanol.

The start-up of the Biocarburantes de Castilla y Leon facility is of great importance for Abengoa Bioenergy as it consolidates its leading position in the European bioethanol market by increasing its production capacity by 60 per cent, to 526 million liters per year. It is the third facility Abengoa Bioenergy has brought into operation in Spain. These will shortly be joined by the Lacq facility in southern France, the foundation stone of which was laid on May 23 and which is scheduled to be brought into operation in 2007.

Abengoa Bioenergy is Europe’s leading bioethanol for fuel producer and currently operates two bioethanol facilities in Spain, Ecocarburantes Españoles and Bioetanol Galicia, with a total installed capacity of 150 and 170 million liters per year, respectively. Abengoa Bioenergy is also the fifth producer in the United States with an installed capacity of 365 million liters per year. Production in the United States is corn-based and this has endowed the company with the experience and technology required for grain to bioethanol processing.

Abengoa is a technological company that applies innovative solutions for sustainable development in the infrastructure, environment and energy sectors. It is a listed company with treasury stock of 1.620,31 million euro (19/06/2006) and is present in more than 70 countries where it operates through its five Business Units; Solar, Bioenergy, Environmental Services, Information Technologies, and Industrial Engineering and Construction. (

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