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AMEC Assist Range Fuels Deliver its First Commercial-scale Cellulosic Biofuels Plant

AMECAMEC is providing engineering and construction management services for the plant, which will utilise non-edible biomass such as wood and wood waste generated by nearby forest industry operations. Construction of the plant is currently underway, with biofuels production scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2010.

Range Fuels uses a patented two-step thermo-chemical process of converting non-edible biomass to low carbon biofuels. The first phase of the plant will produce approximately 10 million gallons of ethanol and mixed alcohols per year. Ultimately, the plant is intended to have an annual output of 100 million gallons of ethanol and methanol.

"With the growth in demand for low carbon fuels, our biofuels experience and expertise continues to expand, helping our customers, like Range Fuels, address worldwide energy challenges to meet their objectives." said Tim Gelbar, President of AMEC's Power and Process Americas business.

Michal Gilzenrat, Vice President, Process Industries of AMEC's Power and Process Americas business added: "We are now working with the most advanced clients in the business with the most promising technologies. Our portfolio of current major biofuels projects and more specifically cellulosic ethanol includes both biological and thermo-chemical process technology conversions."

David C. Aldous, CEO for Range Fuels, said, "Our first commercial plant will help us to provide the U.S. with a new domestic source of low carbon, environmentally friendly fuels and clean renewable power. We are delighted that the skills and expertise of AMEC will play a key role in the construction of the Soperton Plant."

AMEC's biofuels work is the latest progression in a century of experience in energy production technology - covering oil and gas, hydroelectric, wind, solar, biomass gasification, biodiesel and ethanol. The company is working on several ethanol and biodiesel projects, as well as the development of further relationships with technology providers and other market partners.

Posted 21/05/09

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