Cooper Marine & Timberlands to supply feedstock to BlueFire

BlueFire Renewables, Inc. announced a contract with Cooper Marine & Timberlands (CMT) to provide feedstock for BlueFire’s planned cellulosic ethanol facility in Fulton, Mississippi, for a period of up to 15 years.

Under the agreement, CMT will supply BlueFire’s Fulton, Mississippi project with all of the feedstock required to produce approximately 19-million gallons of ethanol per year from locally sourced cellulosic materials such as wood chips, forest residual chips, pre-commercial thinnings and urban wood waste such as construction waste, storm debris, land clearing; or manufactured wood waste from furniture manufacturing.

Under the agreement, CMT will pursue a least-cost strategy for feedstock supply made possible by the project site’s proximity to feedstock sources and the flexibility of BlueFire’s process to use a wide spectrum of cellulosic waste materials in pure or mixed forms.

CMT, with several chip mills in operation in Mississippi and Alabama, is a member company of Cooper/T. Smith one of America’s oldest and largest stevedoring and maritime related firms with operations on all three United States coasts and foreign operations in Central and South America.

The Fulton project will put to work Mississippi’s significant biomass resources to create economic development and job creation in Mississippi.

The project will establish the platform for developing American energy self-sufficiency from readily available local resources.