US Rentech plans to build synthetic fuel plant

11 May 2009 16:47  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Rentech will build a plant in Rialto, California, to produce synthetic fuels and electric power from yard clippings and other biomass, the US synthetic fuel firm said on Monday.

When completed, the plant would produce 600 bbl/day of synthetic fuel and export 35 MW of electricity, the company said. Rentech did not say when the plant would start or how much it would cost to build.

Rentech had entered into a licensing agreement with SilvaGas for biomass gasification technology for the facility. SilvaGas has experience producing synthesis gas (syngas) from wood-based biomass in previous facilities, the company said.

Rentech would condition and clean the syngas, which will then be converted into such products as synthetic diesel and naphtha, Rentech said.

“The Rialto facility places Rentech at the forefront of the next generation bio-energy industry,” company CEO Hunt Ramsbottom said. “This plant will be able to transform low-value waste streams into high-value green power and pure synthetic fuels that can be used in today’s engines and distribution infrastructure.”

Construction of the facility would create about 250 jobs with at least 55 permanent jobs during operation, Rentech said.

Rentech said it hired US firm Jacobs Engineering to conduct the feasibility engineering phase of the project over the next several months.

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