Strategic Biofuels’ first plant is the
Louisiana Green Fuels Plant
The Louisiana Green Fuels (LGF) Project Located at the Port of Columbia in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
The site is approximately 25 miles south of Monroe, a metropolitan area with a population of about 60,000.
An existing levee provides protection from flooding.
The property is on an active port site with a Union Pacific rail line and a four-lane US Highway adjacent to the site ensuring excellent logistics.
There are no wetlands, endangered species, or culturally sensitive areas on the site.
Failure to thin the forest can ruin its further economic development. These thinnings, along with the branches, pine needles and treetops, known as slash, are the forestry wastes that will supply our plant.
Abundant Forestry Feedstocks
The Port of Columbia site is located within one of the largest fiber baskets in the country ensuring long-term cost-effective feedstock supply.
Within a 75-mile radius of the site there are over 40% more tons of pine grown annually on private lands, mostly managed plantations, than are harvested. These managed forests must be thinned periodically in order to ensure that the remaining trees can grow quickly and to the size needed to harvest for lumber.
Ideal Geology for Sequestration
Louisiana has the geology needed to safely and securely sequester carbon dioxide thousands of feet below drinking water aquifers, permanently.
The geology of specific plant site has been extensively studied and provides a nearly ideal location for carbon sequestration. The geologic formations necessary to meet Federal and State of California requirements for carbon sequestration and qualify for environmental credits (or “carbon credits”) are present. The geology has been reviewed by both the US EPA and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.
Ideal Legal and Regulatory Framework
Louisiana has legislative and executive support to facilitate sequestration projects.
State legislation passed since 2009 defines the rights to sequester the carbon dioxide deep underground and ensures long term monitoring and remediation of the wells. The State Legislature has continued to build upon this excellent foundation to clarify the requirements for safe and responsible carbon capture and sequestration projects. This positive legal and regulatory framework has been substantially strengthened through a series of Executive Orders issued by the Louisiana Governor’s office including the creation of a Climate Initiatives Task Force.
Once completed, the Louisiana Green Fuels Plant is expected to produce approximately 32 million gallons of renewable fuels.
The plant is expected to produce about 83% renewable diesel and 17% renewable naphtha. Both renewable fuels are ‘drop-in fuels’ that are chemically identical to fossil-derived diesel and naphtha. Our renewable diesel is completely different in properties from ‘biodiesel’ that many people are familiar with. Biodiesel is severely limited in how much can be blended into petroleum-derived diesel. Our renewable diesel has no blending limitation and can be used in place of petroleum-derived diesel. This is what makes it a ‘drop-in fuel.’ In addition, our renewable diesel fuel produces lower emissions than ultra-low-sulfur fossil-derived diesel fuel.
Strategic Biofuels is designing the plant together with world-class engineering partners. We expect the plant to be operational in late 2024 or in early 2025.