An important change takes place in the sector rankings. This Monday (14), Oleoplan completed the expansion of its facility in Veranópolis that was announced last December and became the third largest producer, a position previously held by Paraná-based company Potencial. As from today, the Rio Grande do Sul plant has an annual production capacity of 468 million liters.

This equals a 23.8% increase in production capacity. It is the third stage of expansion works for the plant that started operating in 2007 with a manufacturing capacity of 117.7 million liters of biodiesel. That was followed by stage two in October 2010, when it began producing up to 378 liters of biodiesel.

Oleoplan Veranópolis has always been amongst the nation’s largest biodiesel plants. Between October 2010 and July 2011, it even managed to secure the top spot, though it was then overtaken by ADM from Rondonópolis. After that, it began losing position until slipping from the podium when Granol from Anápolis – then in 4 th place – became the largest Brazilian plant with a capacity of 558 million liters around a year ago.

With the expansion of Oleoplan in Veranópolis, the Brazilian biodiesel industry passed an installed capacity of 8.1 billion liters through 51 plants authorized by the ANP.

Rio Grande do Sul has further increased its leadership in the sector with an installed capacity of 2.35 billion liters.

A copy of the Oleoplan Veranópolis’ operational authorization published in today’s official daily gazette can be view here.