Enerkem Awarded $50 Million Funding by U.S. Department of Energy for its Mississippi Biorefinery Project
Enerkem's application is one of only four that have been selected in the larger demonstration scale project category of the Recovery Act - Demonstration of Integrated Biorefinery Operations Program. DOE announced the selected advanced biorefinery projects on December 4: http://www.energy.gov/news2009/releases.htm.
"I appreciate Enerkem's decision to locate its new biofuel manufacturing facility in Mississippi," said Governor
"This federal investment in the biorefinery project at Pontotoc has the potential to add to the job and economic diversity of North Mississippi," said
"This represents an exciting and important investment in Northeast Mississippi," said
"The construction of Enerkem's new biofuels facility will help create significant numbers of jobs and much-needed business right here in Mississippi's First Congressional District," said Congressman
"We are extremely proud to have DOE as a partner in our Mississippi advanced biofuels project", said Vincent Chornet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enerkem. "We want to thank Governor Barbour, Senators Cochran and Wicker, Congressman Childers and our local partners in North Mississippi for their continued support. Enerkem's Mississippi waste-to-biofuels project is a model of high energy, economic, and environmental performance, which we intend to reproduce throughout the
Enerkem Corporation will build and operate the 300 ton-per-day biorefinery in Mississippi, which will produce 10 million gallons of ethanol annually, as well as green chemicals, from sorted municipal solid waste and wood residues and will reduce the pressure to landfill. Since the announcement of its Mississippi project last March, the company has made substantial progress on the environmental permitting process and has further developed the project with its local partners, the Three Rivers Planning and Development District and the Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority. The project is expected to create 130 jobs. The company also intends to double the size of its Mississippi biorefinery plant by adding a second module, bringing the total production capacity to 20 million gallons.
Enerkem (www.enerkem.com) is a leading waste-to-biofuels and green chemicals technology company. It has developed a unique thermo-chemical technology platform, capable of transforming a wide variety of materials, such as sorted municipal solid waste, forest biomass and agricultural residues, into advanced biofuels, green chemicals and electricity. The company is headquartered in