Monarca to produce jatropha oil for biojet production in Mexico

By Monarca | October 20, 2016

Clean Energy is a hot segment of the world energy market, and the biofuel market is led by refining companies without long term contracted feed stock.

Monarca is changing the biofuel game by being the first to combine low cost seed oil production with an onsite refinery to produce biojet fuel for Mexico’s ASA aviation department.

“Our Monarca project in the Yucatan of Mexico is the first to implement a large scale 33,000 hectare Jatropha plantation to produce high volume low cost seed oil for our biojet fuel refinery. We needed to control the cost and supply of feed stock for our refinery so we are growing our own crop,” states Jack Katz the CEO of Monarca.

“We have a target biojet fuel price and we worked the cost to produce equation backward realizing we had to produce seed oil feed stock at the best price on the planet to make our numbers. Other biofuel producers are using feed oils from the market, which have incentives and market swings; however we cannot base our future on those unknowns so we are producing our own feed oils,” Katz states.

Katz concludes, “I brought in Michael Chaplinsky, the president of Turf Feeding Systems, a Houston company, to run the agriculture side of the project because his high yield sustainable technology will increase crop production and it will enable us to make our numbers.”

Chaplinsky states, “Sadly Jatropha has had poor success because it has been poorly managed without irrigation. However, we will use a hybrid plant variety and use our special high yield practices with irrigation, fertigation and special probiotic organic nutrient program to increase the fruit production 50 percent to 100 percent. It will be managed like a 33,000 hectare hydroponic operation.”

Jatropha will flourish in the Yucatan with its long growing season, ample water, good sunlight and good labor to manage and harvest. Our team of scientists, engineers, biologists and practitioners will produce the low cost seed oil for the refinery. This will give Katz the numbers and consistent seed oil supply to deliver finished biojet fuel for Mexico’s commercial aviation year after year at his price immune to market changes,” Chaplinsky concludes.