5.11.2005: Meldung: O2Diesel Corporation: Agreement with Abengoa S.A.
Newark, DE, November 3, 2005 -- O2Diesel Corporation (AMEX: OTD) today announced that it had entered into an agreement with Abengoa Bioenergy R&D, Inc. ("ABRD") an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Abengoa Bioenergy, S.A. (www.abengoabioenergy.com) to provide funding and commercial support to develop the European markets for O2Diesel™ its cleaner burning ethanol diesel fuel blend.
The transaction consists of two elements, a stock purchase agreement through which ABRD will invest Euro 3,000,000 (US$3,588,000) in O2Diesel Corporation to acquire more than 10% of the company shares. The proceeds from the investment will be used exclusively for the demonstration and development of O2Diesel™ for the European market, and a 5 year commercial agreement that sets out the terms of ABRD and O2Diesel"s joint development of O2Diesel™ for the European market. The initial countries included in the territory are Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. As part of the agreement ABRD will be the exclusive supplier of the ethanol to be used in the blending of O2Diesel™ within the territory.
"Working with Abengoa Bioenergy to develop the European market for O2Diesel™ is a tremendous opportunity for the company. Abengoa Bioenergy is an innovative global leader in Bioenergy and Europe"s largest Bioethanol producer and a perfect strategic partner for our European market development." commented Alan Rae, CEO of O2Diesel. "The combination of ABRD"s undoubted technical and commercial experience in developing markets for fuel ethanol and O2Diesel"s knowledge gained as the leading developer of diesel ethanol fuel blends should help us to understand and develop the opportunities for O2Diesel™ fuel in Europe. The experience we will gain working with ABRD will also assist us with our commercial efforts in other markets".
As part of the agreement ABRD will make available to O2Diesel the opportunity to base its European operation at one of their facilities in Seville, Spain. The company"s experience with CityHome (www.cityhome.info) and municipal transit systems can be transferred to similar fleets in Europe who are looking for immediate emission (NOx and Particulate matter) reductions.
Javier Salgado, President and CEO of Abengoa Bioenergy, said, "We are partnering with O2Diesel to demonstrate and develop the ethanol diesel market in Europe, which represents the largest growth opportunity for the bioethanol market. In addition, the goal of the European Directive (2003/30/EC) is to replace 5.75% of fossil fuel with biofuels; and bioethanol, in terms of production capacity and growth potential, is the main renewable fuel capable of meeting the requirements of the Directive. When you combine this with the positive air quality benefits of ethanol, we believe that the European market will benefit from this opportunity".
More about Abengoa Bioenergy R&D Inc.
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, ABRD is an indirect subsidiary of Abengoa Bioenergy, S.A., which is the European leader in the production of bioethanol for biofuels, operating at present two bioethanol plants in Spain, Ecocarburantes Espa?oles and Bioetanol Galicia, with a total installed capacity of 150 and 170 million liters (40 and 45 million US Gallons) per year, respectively. Moreover, it is developing a third plant in Salamanca, Biocarburantes de Castilla y Le?n, with a capacity of 200 million liters (53 million US gallons) per year, of which 2.5% will be obtained from the conversion of cereal biomass by means of a new technology being developed by Abengoa Bioenergy R&D. Worldwide, Abengoa Bioenergy is one of the largest ethanol producers and is the largest producer in Europe. Abengoa Bioenergy, through its subsidiary Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation, is also the 5th largest ethanol producer in the US, with an installed capacity of 435 million liters (115 million US gallons). Upon completion of the production facility currently under construction in Ravenna, Nebraska, Abengoa Bioenergy will add another 333 million liters (88 million US gallons) to its US production, for a total of 768 million liters (203 million US gallons). The production in the US is based on corn and sorghum which provides the company with an expertise and technology to process these cereals into bioethanol.
Abengoa S.A., the parent company of Abengoa Bioenergy, is an industrial and technological company listed in Madrid stock exchange, with consolidated 2004 revenues of 1.7 billion euros, which provides solutions for Sustainable Development, Information and Knowledge Society, and the Creation of Infrastructures in four business areas: Bioenergy, being one of the largest producers worldwide; Environmental Services, as European leader in some industrial waste segments; Information Technologies, as one of main actors at international scale with operations in Europe, America and Asia; and Engineering and Industrial Construction, being the leader in Spain and South America.
More about O2Diesel: The company and Its Fuel Technology.
O2Diesel Corporation (AMEX: OTD) is a pioneer in the commercial development of a cleaner-burning diesel fuel that provides excellent performance and environmental benefits for centrally fueled fleets and off-road equipment of all kinds. Engineered and designed for universal application, O2Diesel™ is an ethanol-diesel blend treated with the company"s proprietary natural oil-derived stabilizing additive that substantially reduces harmful emissions without sacrificing power and performance. Extensive independent and government-recognized laboratory and in-use field tests have demonstrated the effectiveness of O2Diesel™ -- the introduction of this cost-effective, cleaner-burning diesel fuel is now underway in the United States and other global markets. For more information please refer to www.o2diesel.com.
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