USDA guarantees Loan for Dooly Co. Biofuel Plant

USDA guarantees Loan for Dooly Co. Biofuel Plant

VIENNA, GA (WALB) - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee to help build a cellulosic biorefinery in Dooly County, through its Biorefinery Assistance Program. It will employ up to 138 people, including nearly 70 permanent jobs

"There is a clear consumer demand for clean, American-made, renewable fuels, which our rural communities stand ready to meet," said Secretary Vilsack. "USDA is proud to support environmentally and technologically sound projects like this one, which will increase biofuel availability nationwide and create jobs in rural Georgia. This loan commitment is the most recent example of our support for President Obama's 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy, which includes alternative and renewable fuel sources."

Ensyn Georgia Biorefinery I, LLC (Ensyn) will construct and operate a cellulosic biofuel refinery in Dooly County, which will produce 20 million gallons of renewable fuel per year employing its Rapid Thermal Processing (RTP) technology.

Ensyn will convert 440 dry tons of woody biomass into a renewable fuel oil (RFO) product. There is an abundant supply of woody biomass near the plant due to excess forest materials in the region. The renewable fuel oil will be used as a heating oil replacement and as a renewable feedstock for diesel and gasoline production at refineries.

Ensyn has a 25-year track record with its RTP technology and currently supports the operation of six commercial RTP facilities. The company has additional commercial plants under development in Canada and Brazil with its joint venture partners.

In 2013, 1.5 million jobs directly supported the biobased product industry, resulting in 1.1 million indirect jobs in related industries, and another 1.4 million jobs resulting from the purchase of goods and services generated by the direct and indirect jobs.

The 2014 Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers.

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