IRVINE, Calif. and FULTON, Miss. /PRNewswire/ -- BlueFire Renewables, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BFRE), a company focused on changing the world's transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels from non-food cellulosic wastes, is pleased to show progress in deploying Recovery Act dollars received from the Department of Energy (DOE).
With the issuance of all required permits, the initial activities of clearing, rough grading and drainage improvements of the Fulton, Mississippi site has commenced under a contract with Century Construction, a Mississippi based contractor. Approximately 52 workers are employed for this initial phase of work with others located off-site. Once erection of the plant commences, the jobs at the site will peak at about 700 employees under the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with MasTec, Inc.
In conjunction with Itawamba County and the City of Fulton, BlueFire is effectively spending Recovery Act funds that it has received from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.
"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 Arnold Klann, President and CEO of BlueFire Renewables. "It has been a long journey to get to this point in a very challenging financial market. To complete the process of bringing these promising biofuel projects to fruition, the loan guarantees as provided by Congress, are needed to get alternative energy technologies in the ground."
BlueFire Renewables' Fulton, MS facility is now fully permitted and has off-take, feedstock and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts in place, which satisfies all stated requirements to move forward on an agreement with either the DOE or USDA for a loan guarantee to complete financing of the project.
"BlueFire now stands poised to finalize a government loan to complete financing and construct this commercial-sized cellulosic ethanol plant," stated Arnold Klann, CEO of BlueFire Renewables, Inc. "The federal stimulus bill has the capability of retaining and creating jobs of all types including those for scientists, technicians, and support staff."
The Fulton, MS project will allow BlueFire to utilize green and wood wastes available in the region as feedstock for the ethanol plant that is designed to produce approximately 19-million gallons of ethanol per year. BlueFire's biorefineries will be located near markets with high demand for ethanol and will use locally available biomass. This should dramatically reduce delivery costs and increase biofuel supplies, while providing a unique waste processing technology to help America's cities better manage the increasing problem of overflowing landfills.
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About BlueFire Renewables, Inc.
BlueFire Renewables, Inc. was established to deploy a commercially ready, patented and proven Concentrated Acid Hydrolysis Technology Process for the profitable conversion of cellulosic waste materials ("Green Waste") to renewable fuel sources, including Cellulosic Ethanol, Biodiesel, BioJet Fuel, and Drop-in Directs. BlueFire is the only cellulose-to-fuel company worldwide with demonstrated production of Biofuels from urban trash (post-sorted MSW), rice and wheat straws, wood waste and other agricultural residues.
BlueFire received an increase to its Grant totaling $88 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in December of 2009. BlueFire's biorefineries will be located near markets with high demand for ethanol and will use locally available biomass. This should dramatically reduce delivery costs and increase biofuel supplies, while providing a unique waste processing technology to help America's cities better manage the increasing problem of overflowing landfills. For more information, please visit www.BFREINC.com.
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