Ethanol from coal.
ETHANOL FROM COAL. Colombian and Spanish investors are analyzing
construction of a plant for $2 billion to produce ethanol from hard coal
for export and to supply the local market, reports Capital.com.pa (Sept.
3, 2013). The project, involving an investment of $2 billion, could be
developed on 50 hectares in the district of Parita, near the boundaries
of the National Park Sarigua. Using giant drums, the company would aim
to produce ethanol and methanol for local consumption, but mainly for
export. "At the moment this project is being looked into and the
aim is that ethanol production not be based solely on cane, but also on
other sources," said Juan Samaniego, Director of Environmental
Protection at the National Environmental Authority (ANAM). If the
project comes to fruition, the hard coal would be imported from Colombia
and Venezuela because Panama does not produce it. Of the total
production only 20% will go towards domestic consumption, the rest would