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Soperton's Freedom Pines Biorefinery Moving Forward
Tuesday, 26 March 2013

March 27--  John Burgess, Site Manager for LanzaTech Freedom Pines Biorefinery in Soperton recently visited Vidalia to speak to the local Rotary Club.  LanzaTech plans to utilize some of the existing technology at the former Range Fuels facility in Soperton alongside their own technology to produce clean, renewable fuels and chemicals from waste biomass.  “Primarily that’s ethanol and other value added chemicals that traditionally come from commodity based feed stocks.” Burgess said. 

 

We’re currently evaluating the site so we’re doing a complete shakedown of all of the technology that was left behind and we’re diligently analyzing that to determine whether that is a technology that will remain at the site or we will replace it with something that is otherwise commercially available.” Burgess stated. 

 

“The next steps for Freedom Pines are the design, installation, and construction of the gas fermenters.  In parallel with that we will be doing the remediation or replacement of the front end gasification technology.  Conversationally, that’s a 20 to 24 month proposition from the day we break ground.”  Burgess added, “One of our priorities is to build a manufacturing base in the Treutlen County and surrounding counties.  We would envision staffing of that plant to be initially to be 50 to 75 people and that’s for the phase one.  The nice thing and part of the reason that Freedom Pines is of strategic interest to the company is it has the potential to expand to a much greater capacity than that and of course that economic impact would expand along with that.”

LanzaTech was founded in New Zealand in 2005 and was the only renewable fuels company named to Forbes top 100 list of America’s Most Promising Companies.  

 
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