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Plans for Illinois SAF biorefinery revealed

US-headed sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) technology provider and producer, LanzaJet Inc, has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct 120 million (US) gallons (≈ 454 million litres) per year integrated biorefinery in Illinois (IL). The planned facility will use low-carbon intensity (CI) feedstocks to produce SAF and renewable diesel via the LanzaJet Alcohol-to-Jet (AtJ) process. 

LanzaJet Inc, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Marquis Sustainable Aviation Fuel LLC (Marquis SAF), part of Marquis Inc. to build a 120 million (US) gallons (≈ 454 million litres) per year integrated biorefinery at the Marquis Industrial Complex in Hennepin, Illinois (IL). Here Marquis Energy already operates a 365 million gallon (≈ 1.4 billion litre) per annum corn ethanol plant (photo courtesy Marquis).

LanzaJet Inc, has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Marquis Sustainable Aviation Fuel LLC (Marquis SAF), part of Marquis Inc.

This first-of-a-kind fully integrated sustainable fuels production facility will be located in the Marquis Industrial Complex in Hennepin, Illinois (IL), just two hours southwest of Chicago, on a 2 500-acre industrial site adjacent to the Illinois River.

The Marquis Industrial Complex also connects with a Class I railroad and multiple interstate highways. At the complex, Marquis Energy operates a 365 million gallon (≈ 1.4 billion litre) per annum corn ethanol plant.

We strongly believe in the importance of taking action today to enable the decarbonization of industry, and our partnership with Marquis SAF is a clear example of putting this into practice. We’re able to drive deeper GHG reductions in existing biofuel production, ensure a prosperous future for producers and farmers alike, and decarbonize the aviation sector by deploying low-carbon liquid fuels where they will be needed most in the future – and importantly where they will drive the largest climate and air quality benefits when also considering non-CO2 impacts said Jimmy Samartzis, LanzaJet CEO.

Carbon storage option

Marquis Industrial Complex is situated on the Mt. Simon geological formation, with the capacity to store over 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), and Marquis recently announced a plan for the Complex to be the world’s first carbon-neutral industrial complex with on-site access to carbon injection.

The partnership between these two Illinois headquartered companies will allow the Marquis Industrial Complex to lead in the development of sustainable fuels.

The partnership we now have in place with LanzaJet allows our company to advance low-carbon solutions to address the climate crisis, said Mark Marquis, CEO of Marquis SAF.

Logistics hub

The planned LanzaJet facility is strategically positioned for global distribution via direct access to the Illinois River and proximity to vital pipelines to deliver sustainable fuels to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW).

Production of sustainable fuel made from low carbon intensity corn, in partnership with Marquis, is scheduled to begin engineering in 2022.

LanzaJet’s ATJ technology will be fully integrated into our sustainable fuels plant with a focus on producing sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel. In addition, we are making investments in carbon capture, corn kernel fiber technology, and utilizing Marquis’ proprietary ProCap system for the production of high protein feed and renewable corn oil in this new state-of-the-art facility. This will enable us to lead the decarbonization of the transportation sector in the years to come, said Mark Marquis.

Places Illinois at forefront of SAF expansion

The fully integrated SAF plant significantly expands the production of sustainable fuels in the US and places Illinois at the center of this expansion in building sustainable infrastructure that will help reduce carbon emissions.

It serves as an example of the types of commercial plants and scales that can be developed across the country.

LanzaJet recently announced its first plant in Georgia (GA) is expected to enter commercial operations in 2023. That plant will use low-CI, sustainably certified ethanol produced from waste sources and existing energy crops.

This demonstrates the opportunity for the US to produce meaningful volumes of sustainable aviation fuel at scale, transitioning feedstocks from the production of traditional biofuels into sustainable aviation fuel. SAF from existing sources alone could replace more than 50 percent of US fossil jet fuel use. The key is low carbon intensity, where existing infrastructure is paired with carbon capture and sequestration and renewable energy. Marquis is doing exactly this and makes for a great partnership with LanzaJet, ended Jimmy Samartzis.

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