BlueFire continues with site preparation

With the issuance of all required permits, the initial activities of clearing, rough grading and drainage improvements at the BlueFire Renewables site in Fulton, Mississippi, have commenced.

In conjunction with Itawamba County and the city of Fulton, BlueFire is currently deploying Recovery Act funds provided by the US DoE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.

The company’s Fulton plant is now fully permitted and has off-take, feedstock and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts in place, which satisfies all stated requirements with either the DoE or USDA for a loan guarantee to complete financing of the project.

Around 52 workers are employed for this initial phase of work, with others located off-site. Once construction of the plant has been completed, the jobs at the site will peak at approximately 700 under the EPC contract with MasTec.

‘Our goal is twofold – to deliver on reaching the DoE’s goal of making cellulosic ethanol a viable and cost-competitive alternative to oil, and to get economic recovery money out on the street as quickly as possible to put people to work,’ said the president and CEO of BlueFire Renewables Arnold Klann. ‘BlueFire now stands poised to finalise a government loan to complete financing and construct this commercial-sized cellulosic ethanol plant.’

Source: BlueFire Renewables

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