Groundbreaking ceremony held for Red Rock Biofuels biorefinery in Oregon
More than 200 guests, including the tri-agency team from the Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), political dignitaries, corporate representatives, off-takers from Fedex Express and Southwest Airlines and a large community contingent witnessed the groundbreaking event on July 18, 2019, of this first-in-the-United States commercial-scale biorefinery utilizing woody biomass waste as a feedstock.
When the plant begins commercial operations in the last quarter of 2019, the US$320 million renewable fuel facility will produce 15 million (US) gallons (≈ 56.7 million litres) of biojet fuel annually.
Over 100 jobs are estimated to be created for the construction, and once fully operational Red Rock will provide around 35 full-time jobs for operations. Additionally, approximately 75 jobs will be created for trucking and materials gathering, utilizing private and public forest lands as well as waste products from regional sawmills and wood products manufacturing sites.
This biorefinery marks a turning point. It will help this mill town continue to be a place where things are made, and it will combat global climate change. This is the first of its kind in the world, and you all made it happen. May this be the precedent for a great highway fueled by courage and innovation, said Jeff Manternach, CFO, Red Rock Biofuels.