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Strategic Biofuels LLC is developing a project for construction of a grassroots renewable fuels plant on a 171-acre site at the Port of Columbia in Caldwell Parish, La., about 25 miles south of Monroe.

To be operated by subsidiary Louisiana Green Fuels LLC (LGF), the proposed plant would use established refinery processes to produce up to 32 million gal/year of renewable fuel from a feedstock of wood waste made up of timber byproducts supplied by responsibly managed, sustainable plantation forests within the state, Strategic Biofuels and the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) said.

With geology of the planned development site already extensively studied and reviewed by both the US Environmental Agency and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources as fit to permanently sequester carbon dioxide safely and securely, the proposed project also would feature carbon capture and storage (CCS), or sequestration, which—combined with its sustainably sourced feedstock—would enable LGF’s plant to produce renewable diesel in a carbon-negative fashion, according to LED and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

“[In other words, this] means that [LGF’s] refinery would achieve better than net-zero emissions—it would actually remove more carbon from the environment than it produces,” Edwards said, citing the LGF project as an example of how Louisiana can merge traditional and emerging forms of energy to address climate change.

Strategic Biofuels already has engaged Justiss Oil Co. Inc. of Jena, La., to drill a sequestration test well at the proposed development site to confirm integrity of carbon storage a mile beneath the earth’s surface, Edwards confirmed.


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