Biofuel Plant Construction Set to Begin
by Vanessa Dietz (The Daily Mining Gazette) … SynSel Energy Inc., of Elmhurst, Illinois, chose Ontonagon as one of two U.S. sites to build advanced biofuels plants that will produce synthetic gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels the company sells in commodities markets.
SynSel has partnered with Lost Bowl Development of Ontonagon to build a $300 million biorefinery on the site of the closed Smurfit-Stone Container paper mill in Ontonagon.
At the same time, it is pursing constructing an identical $300 million plant in Lumberton, Mississippi. Buckta said groundbreaking could be anytime at either site, after necessary pre-construction activities are completed.
Each SynSel biorefinery will be operated by nearly 100 permanent plant employees and spur 150 related jobs. Moreover, 2,500 construction-related jobs will be created at each site for up to three years to build the plants.
On the heels of the White Pine Mine and Lake Shore shipyard shutdowns, the paper mill closure in 2010 plunged the local economy into the abyss.
The plants require an abundant surplus of regional wood waste from the logging industry. READ MORE
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