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Enerkem Awarded $50 Million Funding by U.S. Department of Energy for its Mississippi Biorefinery Project
Date:12/7/2009

vis Childers (MS-01). "During today's tough economic times, efforts to increase job opportunities and encourage economic development are more important than ever. In addition, ethanol produced by Enerkem will promote the use of alternative energy sources, contributing to both American energy independence and a cleaner environment. This DOE grant is yet another example of how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is working to get our local and national economies back on track."

"We are extremely proud to have DOE as a partner in our Mississippi advanced biofuels project", said Vincent Chornet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enerkem. "We want to thank Governor Barbour, Senators Cochran and Wicker, Congressman Childers and our local partners in North Mississippi for their continued support. Enerkem's Mississippi waste-to-biofuels project is a model of high energy, economic, and environmental performance, which we intend to reproduce throughout the United States."

Enerkem Corporation will build and operate the 300 ton-per-day biorefinery in Mississippi, which will produce 10 million gallons of ethanol annually, as well as green chemicals, from sorted municipal solid waste and wood residues and will reduce the pressure to landfill. Since the announcement of its Mississippi project last March, the company has made substantial progress on the environmental permitting process and has further developed the project with its local partners, the Three Rivers Planning and Development District and the Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority. The project is expected to create 130 jobs. The company also intends to double the size of its Mississippi biorefinery plant by adding a second module, bringing the total production capacity to 20 million gallons.

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Enerkem (www.enerkem.com) is a leading waste-to-biofuels and green chemicals technology company.
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