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January. 2023
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U.S. Gears Up for $970 Million in First-Quarter Alternative Fuels Project Starts

The U.S. Alternative Fuels Industry is moving forward in the new year with more than $970 million in planned project starts in the first three months of 2023. The Mid-Atlantic market region, with more than $384 million of planned projects, leads the nation in terms of the value of spending. The projects cover a gamut of sectors, including fuel pellet production and renewable natural gas.

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Many of the top U.S. alternative fuels projects are for the manufacture of wood fuel pellets. Such projects include Highland Pellets LLC's (Pine Bluff, Arkansas) planned grassroot plant in Stephens, Arkansas. The facility will include four pellet production lines to produce 675,000 metric tons per year of fuel pellets. The plant is expected to begin production in 2024. Bid documents for equipment and subcontractors are expected to be released soon. Subscribers to Industrial Info's Global Market Intelligence (GMI) Alternative Fuels Project Database can click here for the full report.

Construction on another fuel pellets plant in Adel, Georgia is set to kick off soon. Upon completion, Renewable Biomass Group's (Adel) new plant will boast 11 pelletizers to produce 450,000 metric tons of pellets, which will be transported to the Port of Savannah for overseas shipments to locations in Europe and Asia. Commercial production is expected to commence in 2024. Subscribers can click here for more details.

Several renewable natural gas (RNG) plants also are planned for various locations throughout the country, many at existing landfills. Examples include Kinetrex Energy's (Indianapolis, Indiana) facility planned for the Prairie View Landfill in Wyatt, Indiana, and Opal Fuels LLC's (White Plains, New York) Sapphire plant at the Sampson County Landfill in North Carolina. The projects will include constructing buildings, landfill gas collection systems, anaerobic digesters, gas upgraders and purification systems to produce pipeline-grade RNG. Upon completion, the Sapphire plant is expected to produce 1 million British thermal units per year. Subscribers can click here for a report on the Kinetrex Energy project and here for the Opal Fuels project.

Other companies are setting up RNG facilities at farms and feedlots to capture methane and produce RNG from animal manure. REV LNG LLC (Victor, New York) is establishing an RNG production facility at Bilows Farm in Malone, New York, that is expected to begin production in 2024. Subscribers can click here for the full report.

Biodiesel projects also represent a substantial portion of upcoming U.S. project activity. TARA Industries LLC (Tina, Missouri) plans to develop a biodiesel production site that was abandoned in 2012 by another company for economic reasons in Tina, about 85 miles northeast of Kansas City. The facility is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2024 and will produce a minimum of 60 million gallons per year of biodiesel from soybean oil feedstock. Subscribers can click here for more details.

In addition to capital projects, Industrial Info is tracking 100 U.S. alternative fuels maintenance projects, valued at nearly $65 million, that are set to take place in first-quarter 2023. The largest number of these are set to occur in the U.S. Midwest, home to many ethanol facilities. Projects include POET LLC's planned maintenance turnaround at its 110 million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant in Arthur, Iowa (see project report), and Kansas Ethanol LLC's (Lyons, Kansas) turnaround at its 77 million-gallon-per-year plant in Lyons (see project report). Both turnarounds are set to kick off toward the end of the quarter.

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