Status: Under development
Feedstock: Sorted municipal solid waste and wood residues
Planned Product: Ethanol
Expected Capacity: 38 million litres/ 10 million gallons per year
Enerkem plans to build and operate a waste-to-biofuels plant in Pontotoc, Mississippi, under its U.S. affiliate, Enerkem Mississippi Biofuels LLC.
The company has signed an agreement with the Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority of Mississippi (TRSWMA) for the supply of municipal solid waste (MSW) per year. The facility will be located on the Three Rivers’ landfill site. A portion of the waste will be recycled and the other portion will be converted into ethanol.
The project has been selected to receive an award of up to US$ 50 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It has also received strong support from local politicians and partners. This landmark project obtained a conditional commitment in January of 2011 for an US $80 million loan guarantee by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The plant under development has successfully met the federal environmental assessment requirements and is now finalizing the process to obtain other permits required to build and operate the facility.