Gevo, partner to build isobutanol demonstration plant in Texas

26 July 2011 19:42  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US renewable chemicals firm Gevo has agreed with petrochemicals company South Hampton Resources to build an isobutanol demonstration plant near Houston, it said on Tuesday.

The plant at Silsbee, just outside Houston, is expected to process 10,000 gal/month (37,850 litres/month) of Gevo’s isobutanol into jet fuel for engine testing, isooctane for gasoline, as well as isooctane, paraxylene and other hydrocarbon materials, it said.

Gevo and South Hampton expect to complete the demonstration plant before the end of 2011.

“This demonstration plant allows us to complete the value chain from isobutanol to renewable hydrocarbon fuels and chemical intermediates, which is one of our key strategic objectives,” said Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber.

“We expect this plant to showcase the value of our renewable hydrocarbons and drive future customer demand,” he added.

South Hampton, a subsidiary of Arabian American Development, has agreed to provide Gevo with toll-manufacturing services and to complete the final design and engineering package for the demonstration plant, Gevo said without disclosing financial details.

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