US firm plans biomass-to-fuels plant in Mississippi

20 April 2011 22:51  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based KiOr plans to build a biomass-to-fuels plant in Columbus, Mississippi, a contractor said on Wednesday.

The plant will process about 500 tons/day of wood biomass and produce 11m gal/year (42m litres/year) of fuel, said KBR, a US-based engineering, construction and services company that won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the plant.

In a regulatory filing, KiOr said the value of the project is $190m (€133m), with about 15–20% of the sum attributable to a hydrotreater.

KiOr plans to build four more plants in Mississippi, Texas and Georgia over two stages beginning in the second half of the year, it said in the filing. Each of these plants will be designed to process 1,500 tons/day.

According to the KiOr website, the biomass is fed to a reactor, where it interacts with a catalyst in a process similar to fluid catalytic cracking. The resulting hydrocarbons are then separated and treated.

($1 = €0.70)

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