Canadian Biomass Magazine

Kior restarts cellulosic ethanol shipments

July 10, 2013
By Canadian Biomass

July 10, 2013, Houston, Texas - Kior's facility in Columbus, Mississippi, made a shipment of cellulosic gasoline in June, its first shipment since March, and is now making regular shipments of cellulosic gasoline and diesel.

Kior produces drop-in fuels, including cellulosic gasoline
and diesel, from lignocellulosic biomass.

"Our biomass-to-cellulosic fuel technology platform combines
our proprietary catalyst systems with fluid catalytic cracking processes that
have been used in crude oil refineries to produce gasoline for over 60 years,"
Kior said.

Kior's plant achieved a scaled-up output capacity of more
than 13mn USG/yr, or 850 b/d.

"With the facility operating stably and producing cellulosic
gasoline and diesel at commercial scale, we believe we are on track to achieve
steady-state operations before the end of the calendar year and to demonstrate
improving performance metrics over that timeframe," Kior chief Fred Cannon said.

The company's renewable blendstocks can also be combined
with conventional gasoline and diesel fuels by refiners and oil companies.
Customers include Hunt Refining and Catchlight energy, a 50:50 joint venture
between subsidiaries of Chevron and Weyerhaeuser, both of whom have signed
offtake agreements for products from Kior's Columbus plant.

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