US cellulosic ethanol firm BlueFire mulls five plants

31 October 2011 18:52  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based cellulosic ethanol producer BlueFire Renewables may build five plants in the country in addition to the one it plans to build in Mississippi, the company said on Monday.

The projects were part of a memorandum of understanding that BlueFire made with China Huadian Engineering, BlueFire said.

Under the memorandum, Huadian will help fund the construction of BlueFire's cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton, Mississippi, BlueFire said.

The plant will be BlueFire's first commercial-scale project, with a capacity of 19m gal/year (72m litres/year), the company said. The project will also include a power plant that will use biomass as a fuel.

BlueFire finished the first phase of the project in June, but subsequent work was dependent on securing financing, the company said.

If the Fulton project in Mississippi is successful, Huadian may fund five additional plants in the US, BlueFire said.

The two companies may also create a joint venture to develop similar projects in China, BlueFire said.

BlueFire uses an acid-hydrolysis process to convert cellulosic material into sugars, which are then fermented to produce ethanol.

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