JANUARY 2008

Masada to produce ethanol from municipal solid waste in the Dominican Republic

Masada Resource Group, LLC of Birmingham, Alabama, has teamed with RJ Zapata & Associates S.A., one of the largest privately-owned groups of waste management companies in the Dominican Republic, to develop and operate commercial scale waste-to-ethanol and electricity production facilities in the country. The two companies signed a long term joint venture agreement to build facilities in the Dominican Republic that will produce fuel-grade ethanol and electricity from ordinary household garbage.

Rafael Zapata, president of RJ Zapata, brokered the Zapata-Masada deal. “This is a historic moment for the Dominican Republic,” said Zapata. “This partnership allows us to dispose of the City of Santo Domingo East’s municipal solid waste and create up to 30 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol annually and substantial electrical power in the process. This is a win-win situation for everybody involved.”

Working with the U.S. Government’s Department of Energy and Tennessee Valley Authority over the past decade, Masada developed and patented the innovative CES OxyNol process that converts household garbage into ethanol and other beneficial byproducts. Masada’s pilot plant operations were located at the Tennessee Valley site. The company’s first U.S. commercial waste-to- ethanol facility is slated for construction in Orange County, New York, and will handle 800 tons of garbage per day.

RJ Zapata will be Masada’s exclusive waste-to-ethanol partner for the Dominican Republic under the 20-year agreement. The ethanol and other byproducts created at the Zapata-Masada waste-to-ethanol facilities can be sold locally or exported to other markets.