ZeaChem Selects CH2M HILL as EPC Contractor for First Biorefinery

ZeaChem Inc. has selected CH2M Hill as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contractor for its first biorefinery and engineering is currently underway. Set to begin construction in 2009, the biorefinery is slated for a proposed site in Boardman, Oregon. Funding for the plant will come in part from ZeaChem’s recent funding round totaling US $34 million.

“CH2M Hill delivers the horsepower to manage the EPC of ZeaChem’s first biorefinery as we progress toward the deployment of commercial scale facilities,” said James Imbler, president and CEO of ZeaChem. “ZeaChem applies proven technology and equipment that is in service throughout the world in a new way to achieve the highest yield at the lowest cost, and with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry.”

ZeaChem said that it intends to scale up to a commercial scale biorefinery from the first plant design. In addition to CH2M Hill, ZeaChem has also announced collaboration deals with GreenWood Resources and Valero Energy Corp.

Earlier this year, ZeaChem announced that it had raised US $34 million in initial Series B financing. The funding round, which is now being used to build this cellulosic biorefinery, was co-led by venture capital investors Globespan Capital Partners and PrairieGold Venture Partners with follow-on investment by Mohr Davidow Ventures, Firelake Capital and Valero Energy Corporation, the largest petroleum refiner in the United States.

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