Gevo, South Hampton build hydrocarbon processing demo plant

Gevo, South Hampton to build hydrocarbon processing demo plant

10:54 AM, 28th July 2011
Gevo, South Hampton to build hydrocarbon processing demo plant
Patrick Gruber, PhD, CEO, Gevo.

ENGLEWOOD, US: Gevo Inc and South Hampton Resources Inc, a subsidiary of Arabian American Development Co, will build a hydrocarbon processing demonstration plant at their facility, outside of Houston in Silsbee, Texas. This demonstration plant is expected to process up to 10,000 gallons of Gevo’s isobutanol per month into a variety of renewable hydrocarbon materials including jet fuel for engine testing, isooctane for gasoline, isooctene and paraxylene for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and will supply other potential customers with material for product qualification and evaluation. The demonstration plant is slated for completion before the end of 2011. The contract between the companies is for two years with one-year extension thereafter.

“This demonstration plant allows us to complete the value chain from isobutanol to renewable hydrocarbon fuels and chemical intermediates which is one of our key strategic objectives. With the operation of this plant, Gevo intends to demonstrate its fully integrated biorefinery,” said Patrick Gruber, PhD, CEO, Gevo. 

South Hampton Resources Inc has agreed to provide Gevo with toll-manufacturing services at its Silsbee, TX facility and complete the final design and engineering package for the demonstration plant. Gevo will own all the intellectual property that results from the work including the plans, designs and systems developed for the demonstration plant and future commercial-scale plants.

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