Olein, from the Commodore fryers to the European market

This is a project that began to develop in 2006 and this year saw its first fruits to realize his first olein export to Europe .

In charge of the Energy Center, the municipality of Comodoro Rivadavia, the Government of the province of Chubut and a group of private companies, the initiative is to produce olein by recycling the oil that was used to prepare meals in restaurants, hotels and Confectionery shops in the city. For this, the private company Supply – whose holder is Sebastián Jelusic – signed an agreement with the Hotel Gastronomic Chamber of Comodoro Rivadavia in order to collect the oils for cooking that are discarded once used.

In this way, the company will deliver to hotels and food houses containers of 50 liters to dispose the oils that are able to become biofuel. Every fifteen days the collection is carried out for recycling and subsequent designation of the resulting product.

The Hotel Gastronomic Chamber of Comodoro reported that, to date, there are 14 establishments participating in the recycling of oil: “La Tradición” (production of approximately 70 liters, “Austral Hotel” (100), “Lucania Palazzo Hotel” , “Molly Malone Café Pub” (20), “Hotty’s” (100), “Puerto Miter Pizza Bar” (30), “Blue Hotel” (1/2), “Comodoro Hotel” Peperoni “(40),” De Tapas Restaurante “(15),” Coliseo Resto Bar “(80),” He Multiespacio “(30),” Mix Open Bar “(3),” Jazz Multiespacio “(30 liters).

For Sebastián Jelusic, owner of Supply, the restaurants and confectioneries that participate in the oil collection project used solve the problem of finding an appropriate place to pour the residue.

“We start from the fact that it is a waste that should have a controlled disposal, although we know that in most cases it is stored in drums that will have as purpose the municipal landfill or are discharged to the sewer. It is proven that a liter of oil can contaminate up to 1,000 liters of drinking water, “said the businessman.

As an example, if the population of Comodoro Rivadavia coordinated actions and put together a liter of oil, it could be collected around 20,000 liters per month, Aquí encuentras todo la informacion.

The project is divided according to the raw materials used, the recovered oil and kitchen which comes from the cultivation of rapeseed , the company Supply is especially concerned, while from microalgae and manufacture of machines, Is Marcelo Machín, manager of biofuels Chubut.


Olein is the raw material for biofuel. The oil is placed in reactors where a physical-chemical process occurs. Through a complex process 90% biodiesel is obtained on the one hand and 10% glycerin, a by-product that has direct application in the industry.

In that sense, Jelusic explained that approximately 90% of cooking oil involved in the process is converted into biodiesel. This means that it is of high efficiency.

The process of conversion takes place in the plant of the Energy Center in Km. 4, there every 15 days the drums arrive with the oil provided by the hotels and food houses of the city.

It is important to clarify that only oils of vegetable origin and animal fats can be used, since those of mineral origin or petroleum derivatives would not be compatible to become biofuels.


Any diesel vehicle would be able to run on 100% biofuel. But for a matter of production and availability, so far it is best to break it with traditional diesel.
In the local market are not yet given the technological and investment conditions to put this fuel into operation. Therefore, the European market was the target of the first export of acid oleins. This fuel is used in Spain for energy-generating groups, which are in turn suppliers of the energy lines of the Spanish State.

“The export of olein to Spain is a process that has just begun and, if it has good acceptance, it should continue. The foreign market is always more attractive than the domestic market, “it was reported.

Since January, Europe has an obligation to have 5% biofuel in traditional fuels; Similar to the law that in 2010 will be implemented in Argentina.

New export

The first to embark to Spain – carried out last 9 April – opens the door to new opportunities for the region.

Marcelo Machín, responsible for Biofuels Chubut, is responsible for the manufacture and marketing of biofuel machines.

The machines are traded in the external market according to the production capacity; A small, set up, installed and with people qualified to operate it, has a reference value that starts from the $ 20,000.

As a next step, this week the first export of a machine biodiesel company Sodexho, will be implemented Peru , with great potential to continue the business relationship.

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