INEOS selects EPC provider for cellulosic plant

By Kris Bevill | October 14, 2010
Posted Nov. 4, 2010

Cellulosic ethanol developer INEOS New Planet Bioenergy, a joint venture between INEOS Bio and New Planet Energy LLC, has selected British firm AMEC to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for its first commercial-scale cellulosic production facility. The 8 MMgy plant will be located on the site of a former grapefruit processing facility in Indian River County, Florida. Forestry and agricultural waste in addition to post-recycled municipal solid waste will be used as feedstock for the plant, which will also produce 6 megawatts of energy that will be used to power the facility and supply electricity back to the grid. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year. Start-up is scheduled for 2012.

"INEOS Bio's partnership with AMEC brings us one step closer to opening the state-of-the-art bioenergy center in Indian River County, where it will bring both renewable energy and new green jobs," Mark Niederschulte, chief operating officer at INEOS Bio, said. "We're confident that AMEC's experience and expertise in the biofuel sector will help INEOS New Planet BioEnergy accomplish a successful and timely completion of the much anticipated bioenergy center."

AMEC has been providing EPC services for biomass projects since 1948, when pulp and paper were used for fuel according to the company. It served as a consultant for the Verenium Corp.-BP demonstration-scale cellulosic facility in Jennings, La., as well as for Range Fuels Inc.'s Soperton, Ga., commercial-scale facility. "This important contract reinforces AMEC's position on the leading edge of developments in biofuels," said Tim Gelbar, president of AMEC's Power & Process Americas segment. "With the growth in demand for low-carbon fuels, our biofuels experience and expertise continues to expand, helping our customers, like INEOS Bio, address worldwide energy challenges to meet their objectives."

The Florida facility is expected to cost more than $100 million, according to INEOS. The U.S. DOE is providing $50 million for the project through a cost-matching grant. The value of AMEC's contract is not being disclosed.