BioNitrogen Corp.

BioNitrogen Corp.

February 06, 2012 07:00 ET

Mr. Carlos A. Contreras Appointed President, International Operations BioNitrogen Corp. (BION)

Seasoned Government and Energy Sector Executive Joins Senior Management Team

MIAMI, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - Feb. 6, 2012) - BioNitrogen Corp. (BION) (PINKSHEETS:BION), developer of a revolutionary patent-pending technology for converting renewable and abundant biomass waste into high-nitrogen urea and urea fertilizer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Carlos A. Contreras as President of International Operations.

Mr. Contreras will work closely with the senior executive team to grow BioNitrogen's considerable international business interests, and offer educational insights to governmental officials and international Fortune 500 businesses. A veteran professional with a proven track record and extensive executive management experience in the international business development arena, his roles will include officer level responsibilities for policy development, negotiations, purchasing, operations, legal, safety and security, environmental, and public and government affairs.

Prior to joining BioNitrogen, Mr. Contreras served as the Bolivian Head (Vice-Minister) of Energy and Hydrocarbons from 1999 - 2001. During his tenure he was proponent for the development of five mega projects that would change the gas industry in Bolivia - Thermal Generation, LNG, GTL, Fertilizers and Petrochemistry.

Mr. Contreras worked with Congress for the support and approval of the various laws and the five mega projects, and worked on over fifty three (53) Supreme Decrees (DS) that were all approved by both the CONAPE (National Economic Council) and the Cabinet. Additionally, he worked internationally and successfully lobbied many governments, including enlisting the support of the Secretaries of Energy of the United States and Mexico.

Prior to his appointment to the government of Bolivia, Mr. Contreras held a number of senior executive positions for Occidental Oil and Gas Corp. During his 20 year career, Mr. Contreras served the following roles: President of Occidental Philippines; General Manager, Occidental Asia; Vice President, International Coordination, Occidental International Exploration and Production; Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Administration, Occidental de Colombia; VP International Coordination, Occidental International Exploration and Production, where he reported directly to the President of Occidental, and was responsibilities for assisting in the creation of new business opportunities, resulting in over $2 billion in net income to Occidental.

"Our team has worked with Mr. Contreras in the past, and he has clearly demonstrated, time and time again, his ability to develop and execute strategically significant programs, achieve goals, and open global business opportunities." stated Dr. Terry R. Collins, President and CEO of BioNitrogen. In addition, Dr. Collins notes "Carlos will help BioNitrogen with his strong knowledge in foreign policy issues, his abilities for creative problem solving, and the cultural aspects of working with international business people, thus making him the ideal candidate to lead our charge into the international business development arena. We are extremely pleased that he has joined the BioNitrogen Management family."

Mr. Contreras has been a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, since 1970, a Member of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (serving as the Director for 8 years), and Chairman of the Energy Committee (and President for 2 consecutive years). Mr. Contreras was Elected Vice Chairman, Petroleum Association of the Philippines and served for 8 years. Further, he was a Member of the Bolivian American Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of its Committee on Energy Affairs.

Mr. Contreras has been honored with the "Celestino Mutis Medal", the highest award given by the Ministry of Health in Colombia and the first time granted to a foreigner, and in recognition for his contribution to the Philippines, was appointed "Philippines Investment & Trade Representative" on a worldwide basis.

Mr. Contreras is also the Founder and Vice President in charge of Operations, World's Children Transplant Fund, a Board Member of ACACIA Center for Women, and a Board Member of FCBC (Fundación para la Conservación del Bosque Chiquitano).

Mr. Contreras received his Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Tulsa, went on to perform graduate work in Macromolecular Science at the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and completed the Executive Program in Management from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

About BioNitrogen Corp. (BION:OTC)

BioNitrogen Corp. is an American company focused on building fully operational, turnkey manufacturing facilities to produce urea. A white, crystalline solid containing 46% nitrogen, urea is principally used in the agricultural industry as a crop fertilizer. Crop production is intrinsically linked to increased food production requirements necessary to meet the population growth through 2050. Our innovative, patent-pending technologies transform residual abundant agricultural waste and other equally abundant biomass materials into high-quality bulk urea for sale to agricultural wholesalers and retailers. Modular in design and substantially smaller than traditional urea production plants, our facilities are capable of manufacturing 15 tons of urea fertilizer per hour for a total annual production of approximately 124,200 tons per plant while preserving and sustaining our precious environmental ecosystems in the process. BioNitrogen is headquartered in Miami, Florida, USA. BioNitrogen trades on the over-the-counter bulletin board under the stock symbol BION. Additional information can be found on BioNitrogen's website at

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