Sierra BioFuels Plant
Our first waste to fuels project, the Sierra BioFuels Plant, will consist of a Biorefinery where prepared MSW feedstock will be processed and converted into a low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel. Located in Storey County, Nevada, approximately 20 miles east of Reno where we have acquired and developed more than 19 acres of property at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, the Biorefinery has been designed to produce more than 10 million gallons per year of renewable FT syncrude from approximately 200,000 tons of prepared MSW feedstock that would otherwise be landfilled. This renewable FT syncrude will be upgraded and processed into a low-carbon jet fuel product.
Sierra also includes a Feedstock Processing Facility that will size, sort and process mixed MSW into a prepared MSW feedstock for use at the Biorefinery. Fulcrum has entered into 20-year MSW feedstock agreements with our waste service partners for the delivery of all of the MSW required for Sierra. The Feedstock Processing Facility, which has been constructed and is now in start-up operations, deploys a waste processing system that has been designed to extract high-value recyclable products and inorganic matter not suitable for processing from the raw MSW prior to preparing it for processing at the Biorefinery.
Fulcrum has completed front-end engineering and site preparation activities on Sierra and permits are in place to begin construction. In 2015, Fulcrum awarded a fixed-price engineering, procurement and construction contract to Abengoa. Abengoa will be responsible for constructing the Sierra Biorefinery under this EPC contract that guarantees the cost, schedule and performance of the Sierra Biorefinery. The Sierra BioFuels Plant is set to begin commercial operations early 2019.