19 March 2009 16:55 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Canadian biofuels maker Enerkem on Thursday announced plans to build and operate a second-generation biofuels plant in the US, using municipal solid waste (MSW) as a feedstock.
The company plans to build the 20m gal/year facility in Pontotoc, Mississippi.
Total investments were estimated at $250m (€185m), it said.
In addition to municipal waste, Enerkem said the plant would use wood residues, construction debris and treated wood to produce ethanol.
Construction of the site is planned to begin in 2010, an Enerkem spokesperson said, adding that the start-up was expected 18 months thereafter.
The overall project will create 150 long-term direct and indirect jobs, generating an additional 300 jobs during the construction and start-up phases, the Quebec-based company said.
Enerkem has one pilot plant and a second commercial-scale facility in start-up phase, both in Quebec.
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