Viaspace starts giant king grass project in Arizona
(SeeNews) – Oct 8, 2013 - US bioenergy company Viaspace Inc (OTCBB:VSPC) said today it had commenced a giant king grass plantation project in Arizona in partnership with Maricopa Bio Crops LLC.
Maricopa Bio Crops will grow and distribute the crop under the guidance of Viaspace and the two companies will share the profits. Viaspace giant king grass seedlings from the company's California nursery were planted at the Arizona site on October 1.
The plantation is the first stage of a 4,500-acre (1,821 hectares) giant king grass project in Arizona. The project, which was announced in September, will include two more 4,500-acre phases.
Maricopa Bio Crops’ CEO Patrick Sweeney said that at first the crop will be used as cattle feed and later as a raw material for the company's biorefinery project.
This is Viaspace’s first cattle feed plantation project. The company intends to develop in parallel its animal feed and energy projects, its board chairman Kevin Schewe, commented in the press release.
Giant king grass is a high-yield, low-carbon energy crop. It is used for direct combustion for power generation as well as for biogas production.