New Energy Blue and ARCO/Murray Partner to Expand Biomass Refinery Footprint in US Midwest

and have joined forces to advance their refinery initiative across the US Midwest, starting with a significant investment in Mason City, Iowa. This partnership marks a pivotal step towards converting corn stalks into second-generation fuel and clean lignin on a commercial scale.

The $650 million construction contract signifies a substantial commitment to sustainable energy solutions. New Energy Blue completed the design engineering last year, securing local permits and conducting field trials for harvesting methods and machinery. With the project now in its final investment decision phase, groundbreaking is expected later this year, with operations slated to commence by 2026.

“This partnership reflects our shared dedication to sustainability and innovation in renewable energy,” remarked Patrick Hidder, Executive Vice President of ARCO/Murray's Green team. “We're thrilled to support the emergence of a nascent industry aimed at decarbonizing fuel and chemicals production.”

James Foster, Vice President of Construction for New Energy Blue, emphasized the strategic advantage of ARCO/Murray's involvement as the project's engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor. “Their expertise has already accelerated our project schedule and ensured cost efficiency,” Foster noted. “Their contributions in process piping, water treatment, anaerobic digestion, and power solutions have added significant value.”

Upon the completion of the flagship Freedom refinery in Mason City, New Energy Blue and ARCO/Murray plan to expand their collaboration to construct four additional biomass refineries within the next five years. This ambitious expansion aims to bolster economic growth in local communities, with projections indicating the creation of up to 5,000 jobs supported by the initiative.


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