Bioenergy

Enerkem Planning Biofuel Project in Mississippi

Enerkem Inc. plans to build and operate a second-generation biofuels production facility located in Pontotoc, Mississippi. In addition, the company announced the signing of a Memorandum of Intent with the Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority of Mississippi (TRSWMA) for the supply of approximately 189,000 tons of unsorted municipal solid waste (MSW) per year for use as feedstock at the Pontotoc facility.

Plans call for the plant to be built, owned and operated by Enerkem Mississippi Biofuels, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enerkem. The overall project is expected to create 150 long-term direct and indirect jobs, and to generate an additional 300 jobs during the construction and start-up phases.

It is expected to produce 20 million gallons of ethanol per year using a feedstock mix that could include wood residues from regional forest and agricultural operations, as well as urban biomass such as MSW, construction debris and treated wood.

In addition to the biofuels production facility, the investment includes an upstream MSW recycling and pre-treatment center. The total project represents a US $250 million investment. The Enerkem process will recycle and convert approximately 60% of the MSW that crosses the gate at the Three Rivers landfill.

“We are pleased to collaborate with the northern Mississippi community on building an unprecedented advanced biofuels project. The project, our first in the United States, will leverage the expertise we’ve gained both at our large-scale pilot facility and at our first commercial plant,” said Vincent Chornet, president and CEO of Enerkem. “This project is unique in that it uses a mix of municipal solid waste – which has negative cost – and wood residues as feedstock, allowing Enerkem to achieve substantial commercial scale and favorable economics.”