BP buys majority stake in Brazilian ethanol producer
British oil giant BP said Friday it had agreed to take control of Brazilian ethanol and sugar producer CNAA for $680 million (492 million euros), as demand rises for alternative energy.
BP said it would acquire 83 percent of the shares of CNAA and refinance all of the company's long-term debt. It added that the deal would eventually increase BP's Brazilian ethanol production to about 1.4 billion litres a year.
"Low carbon energy will play an increasingly significant role in meeting world energy demand," BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said in a company statement announcing the deal.
"BP is committed to producing biofuels to help meet this demand. Today's transaction also fits BP's strategy of increasing our exposure to growing energy markets," he added.
Ethanol, made using sugar, is widely used in Brazil as a cheaper alternative to gasoline, or motor fuel.
BP chief executive Bob Dudley said the Brazilian deal was the biggest acquisition to date for BP Alternative Energy.
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