Amyris, a renewable chemicals and fuels company, has completed and started operations of the Biofene production facility at Piracicaba in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The production facility will be operated by Amyris, and is located at a facility owned by Biomin do Brasil Nutricao Animal.

The company expects to begin production in May, and to produce Biofene, Amyris feeds sugar cane syrup into three dedicated 200,000 liter fermentors containing Amyris proprietary yeast.

The yeast digest the syrup feedstock and produce farnesene, which is then separated and purified.

The company said that biofene may then be sold directly into industrial applications or put through simple chemical finishing steps to form renewable products including squalane, base oil and finished lubricants and diesel.