Inpasa Group is set to significantly increase its ethanol handling capacity by rail, with the acquisition of 50 wagons and 2 locomotives. The investment of approximately R$ 100 million will be operated by Rumo, Brazil's largest railroad operator. The aim is to improve logistical efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 60%.
Inpasa Group is a major player in the Brazilian ethanol market, supplying 10% of the national ethanol demand and exporting 100 million liters annually with EU RED certification. “Inpasa, which is the largest producer of ethanol in Latin America and leader in the supply of biofuel in the country, according to data from the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), has been betting on more efficient and ecological modes. Our purpose is to be a world reference in clean and renewable energies”, said the group's president, José Lopes.
The newly acquired wagons and locomotives will allow Inpasa Group to expand its rail distribution network, delivering ethanol to more destinations across Brazil. By leveraging rail transportation, the company aims to optimize logistical costs and enhance security in the delivery process. Additionally, this multimodal approach will help reduce the strain on road infrastructure, equivalent to 17,000 truck trips annually. “Through the railroad, we are going to optimize the logistical cost and provide more security for transport and delivery to customers”, commented the commercial director of Ethanol at Inpasa Brasil, Gustavo Mariano Oliveira.
The wagons, manufactured by Greenbrier Maxion, were designed to meet the specific needs of Inpasa's operations. These state-of-the-art wagons have a capacity of 105,000 liters and are equipped with Motion Control® bogies, which provide increased operational safety, extended component life, and reduced maintenance costs.