Bioenergy

Ethanol Dehydration Facility Slated for St. Croix

GeoNet Ethanol LLC, a U.S. Virgin Island company, will receive a Coastal Zone Management permit to construct an ethanol dehydration facility on the island. The dehydration unit will produce fuel grade ethanol from renewable sources for sale as a gasoline additive in the U.S. market.

The GeoNet Ethanol dehydration unit, which will be located on the site of the former alumina plant in St. Croix, will use the industrial site’s existing infrastructure and utilities. The state-of-the-art ethanol plant, with more than 100 million gallon a year dehydration capacity, will be supplied by Dedini Industrias de Base, Piracicaba, Brazil. Engineering, procurement, project management, and construction supervision services for the dehydration unit will be supplied by Demar Ltd, Houston, TX. “I am looking forward to working with Dedini, Demar and the St. Croix Renaissance Group to complete the erection, commissioning and start-up of the unit during the fourth quarter of 2006,” said J. Brent Baker, GeoNet Ethanol LLC president and chief executive officer. The permit is granted by from the St. Croix Committee of the Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Commission.