By Nick Gilbert
KBR, the organization that deals with building, engineering and related services, has obtained a job with DuPont to render procurement and engineering services for the construction of a new cellulosic ethanol unit at Nevada, Iowa, further strengthening the 20-year on-going bond between the two organizations.
KBR will attend to the job from its Wilmington, Del. Operations Center, which is deemed to be a unit backed by expertise in biofuels. Feasibility analysis otherwise known as front-end engineering, detailed engineering, and procurement assistance are the services that KBR will render to DuPont’s Industrial Biosciences Group. The group is building an ethanol unit in Midwest USA that has not been attempted earlier.The unit is scheduled to produce 27.5.million gallons of ethanol a year by treating 1300 tons of corn stover per day. The resultant cellulosic ethanol yield will be mixed with gasoline by fuel producers, which will allow them to meet the standards stipulated by the US EPA regarding ethanol obtained from cellulosic base products.
Groundbreaking for the construction is planned for the second half of 2012. The building process is expected to be completed in 12 to 18 months.
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