Flambeau River Biofuels: Signs letter of intent for $250 million green diesel plant

Neenah, Wis. – Flambeau River Biofuels (FRB) has executed a letter of intent to engineer, procure, and construct (EPC) the largest second generation “green diesel” plant in the United States at an existing pulp and paper mill in Park Falls, Wisconsin. The $250 million project, funded in part with a grant from the U.S. Dept of Energy, is expected to be fully operational by 2013.

Flambeau selected the team of AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, and Miron Construction Co., Inc., a premier Wisconsin-based construction firm as its EPC contractor.

“The Flambeau River bio-refinery will create permanent, high-skilled operating jobs in the region, long-term logging jobs, and short-term engineering and construction jobs, contributing to the economic stimulus of Park Falls, Wisconsin,” said Butch Johnson, majority owner of Flambeau River Papers and Flambeau River Biofuels.

“The AMEC-Miron team was selected for its experience and innovation in developing green energy and biofuel facilities,” said Johnson. “When completed, Flambeau will have the first integrated pulp and paper mill in North America to run on fossil-free energy.”

Tim Gelbar, President, AMEC’s Power and Process Americas business said: “The Flambeau program has been a long-term strategic focus of AMEC’s and it will play a key role in our continued development of new bioprocesses and the expansion of clean renewable energy.”

“We have been working with Flambeau for two years developing this project” said David G. Voss, Jr., President, Miron Construction. “The Flambeau BioFuels project is key to developing “green fuel” renewable energy alternatives and will have a significant positive economic impact in Wisconsin”.

The plant will use patented process technology from ThermoChem Recovery International (TRI) to convert 1,000 dry tons per day of woody biomass from bark, sawdust, wood, and forest residue into green electrical power, steam and heat to the adjacent Flambeau River Papers operation, and green diesel fuel and wax to the domestic market.

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Media Contacts:

Bob Byrne, President, Flambeau River BioFuels 715.762.5634

Jen Bauer, Director of Marketing, Miron Construction Co., Inc. 920.969.7351

Flambeau River Biorefinery, LLC

Flambeau River Biofuels, LLC is a Park Falls, Wisconsin based company trailblazing sustainability in the pulp and paper industry. The Flambeau River Biofuels biorefinery will employ two commercially proven technologies to produce clean renewable energy and biofuels. It will gasify biomass resources, such as forest residuals and agricultural wastes, into a high-quality synthesis gas, which will then be catalyzed by the well-established Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) process to generate renewable transportation fuels (sulfur-free biodiesel).

Green diesel is renewable sulfur-free diesel produced from by-products or resideuals from forest and agricultural sources. Green diesel can be used as a blending agent for trucking and aviation fuel.

Green wax is wax manufactured without using fossil fuels. It can be used to waterproof cardboard or manufacture candles, replacing waxes that are now imported or manufactured from fossil fuel sources.

AMEC (LSE: AMEC) is a focused supplier of high-value consultancy, engineering and project management services to the world’s natural resources, nuclear, clean energy, water and environmental sectors. With annual revenues of over £2.6 billion, AMEC designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers. AMEC’s Natural Resources, Power & Process and Earth & Environmental businesses employ almost 22,000 people in around 40 countries worldwide. http://www.amec.com

Miron Construction Co., Inc., headquartered in Neenah, Wis., with regional offices in Madison, Wausau and Milwaukee, Wis., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been providing professional construction services to clients throughout the Midwest (with an expanded geographical reach across the U.S.) for the past ninety-one years. Miron posted 2009 sales of $558 million and was listed as one of Inc. Magazine’s “5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America” for 2009. For more information, please visit: http://www.miron-construction.com.