March 13 (Renewables Now) - California-based renewable fuels firm Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ:AMTX) said Monday it has completed front end loading (FEL) engineering for its cellulosic ethanol plant in Riverbank, California,
The company can now start the procurement of equipment for the facility that will produce cellulosic ethanol from waste orchard wood and nutshells at an annual capacity of 12 million gallons (45.4 million litres).
Aemetis said it is engaging with vendors and contractors to coordinate the construction of the initial 12-million-gallon installation and subsequent phases. The procurement start comes after nine months of engineering, optimisation and demonstration plant testing. Engineering firm ATSI Inc was selected for the FEL engineering work.
The facility will combine LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology and InEnTec's arc furnace gasification technology.
Aemetis last year signed a 55-year lease for the construction of the biorefinery at a former US Army munitions facility in Riverbank. It plans to build it in phases.