Global Processing

Gevo Plans to Build Hydrocarbon Processing Demonstration Plant

July 26, 2011

In a press release statement, Gevo, Inc., a leading renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, announced it plans to work with South Hampton Resources, Inc., a subsidiary of Arabian American Development Co., to build a hydrocarbon processing demonstration plant at their facility just outside of Houston in Silsbee, Texas. This demonstration plant is expected to process up to 10,000 gallons of Gevo’s isobutanol per month into a variety of renewable hydrocarbon materials including jet fuel for engine testing, isooctane for gasoline, isooctene and paraxylene for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and will supply other potential customers with material for product qualification and evaluation. The demonstration plant is slated for completion before the end of 2011. The contract between the companies is for two years with one-year extensions thereafter. South Hampton Resources, Inc. has agreed to provide Gevo with toll-manufacturing services at its Silsbee, Texas, facility and complete the final design and engineering package for the demonstration plant from preliminary plans supplied by Gevo. Gevo will own all the intellectual property that results from the work including the plans, designs and systems developed for the demonstration plant and future commercial-scale plants.