Bioenergy company Ineos Bio’s joint venture Ineos New Planet BioEnergy has awarded the engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build its bioenergy facility in Southeast Florida, US, to Amec.
Amec will provide engineering and construction expertise to build this first commercial scale facility, valued at over $100 million (€71.5 million). The facility will produce 6MW (gross) of renewable energy annually from renewable biomass including yard wastes and municipal solid waste, wood and vegetative wastes as well as 8 million gallons (24kta) of ethanol.
The EPC contract has been awarded to construct the world’s first commercial plant using Ineos Bio’s advanced bioenergy technology, a feedstock flexible technology for producing advanced biofuels.
‘This is a key milestone in bringing Ineos Bio’s advanced bioenergy technology to the US and global markets to help address the world’s waste management challenges,’ Peter Williams, CEO of Ineos Bio says. ‘We offer a sustainable solution for energy independence which breaks the food-for-fuel chain and provides a plentiful supply of renewable bioenergy for new and developed markets.’
The BioEnergy Center, which will be located in Vero Beach, Florida, comes at a time when the region is facing a 16% unemployment rate.
The BioEnergy Center will provide 175 construction jobs as well as 50 full-time green jobs in the Treasure Coast community once the facility is completed. The project has already received its major permits and approvals from the State of Florida and the US Government.
The Indian River facility is scheduled to begin construction in Q4 2010 and begin production in 2012.
The heart of the INEOS Bio technology is a patented anaerobic fermentation step, through which naturally occurring bacteria convert gases derived directly from biomass into ethanol. Unlike other technologies that rely on one primary source of feedstock, the Ineos Bio process can produce ethanol and renewable energy from numerous feedstocks, including construction waste and municipal solid waste, forestry and agricultural waste, while breaking the link between food crops and ethanol production.
This flexibility allows facilities, like the Florida BioEnergy Center, to be built anywhere in the world, wherever there is waste, providing jobs and locally sourced renewable energy for urban and rural communities.