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Sinaloa prepares Mexico's first biorefinery




Culiacán, Sinaloa (Conacyt-Notimex) -- Mexico's first biorefinery will be installed in the northern state of Sinaloa.

The project is led and was founded by Ignacio Contreras, a researcher at the Biological and Chemical Sciences Faculty at the Sinaloa Autonomous University.

The refinery will produce biofuels and its derivatives, such as biodiesel, bioethanol and bioturbosine, among others.

Among the raw materials the refinery will use are Jatropha curcas, a type of wild plant, and prawn shells, which have caused a public health issue in the state's fisheries.

U.S.-based Intrust Global Investments and Harvard University are backing the project to attract investors.

Although the project is the first of its kind in Mexico, Contreras said he aims to make it replicable and prove it is financially and environmentally profitable.

Photo: An aerial view of Sinaloa's port of Mazatán. Image: Notimex 

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