Advanced biofuels project in Florida delayed, or not? INEOS Bio says "no way"

August 4, 2011 |

In Florida, TCPalm.com reported that INEOS New Planet BioEnergy’s waste-to-energy facility under construction in Indian River County was a few months behind schedule but the company still hopes to be up and running by summer 2012 rather than April. Originally, the paper quoted INEOS New Plant Energy CEO Peter King in saying that that the delay is a result of the evaluation process required to hire the construction company in charge of building the plant.

However, by mid-morning, INEOS Bio was putting out the fires. In mid-afternoon the company stated in a release:

“INEOS Bio has consistently stated in its announcements (09 February 2011 http://bit.ly/dGQcdo ) that the first bio-ethanol facility will be mechanically complete in April 2012 and will be commissioned in Q2 2012; this has not changed.”

“Things are progressing well and are on-track at the Vero Beach site” comments Peter Williams, Chairman, INEOS New Planet BioEnergy and CEO INEOS Bio. “As is the case with all major projects as complex as this, elements will change but this does not change our expected start date – The plant remains scheduled to be commissioned in mid 2012. When completed it will produce eight million gallons of bioethanol per annum and six megawatts (gross) of renewable power from local yard, vegetative and household wastes. It will also provide world-changing technology to partners across the US and beyond, bringing secure, renewable fuel and power to communities globally, without delay.”

The Digest notes that INEOS BIo did indicate to us, in our reporting last year, that the plant would be commissioned in either Q1, or early in Q2 2012 – a slippage of a month is a minor quibble in a big story about the transformation of veggie and municipal waste to renewable fuels. But there it is.

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