Abengoa has been selected by Fulcrum BioEnergy to build the first biorefinery in the US using gasification technology to convert municipal solid waste into syncrude that will be upgraded into jet fuel.
The contract is worth about $200 million.
Abengoa will be responsible for the turnkey execution of the plant including engineering, design and construction as well as a participating significantly in the development of the project. The biorefinery is located in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, about 20 miles east of Reno, Nevada.
The companies say this initiative provides a sustainable alternative for the large volumes of MSW generated in the area every year, which would otherwise be disposed of in a landfill. The process of converting MSW into renewable transportation fuels will reduce the number of landfills, a growing because of the chemical pollutants released into the air and seeping into the groundwater.
Last October Abengoa opened its second-generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, with the capacity to produce up to 25 million gallons per year.