Blue Marble Energy Receives Grant to Develop Biochemical Biorefinery

The Community Economic Revitalization Board has awarded a $2m grant to Blue Marble Energy and Odessa Public Development Authority to develop Washington's first speciality biochemical biorefinery.

The grant will be used for infrastructure and development of the industrial pilot project in Lincoln County, Washington.

Blue Marble will team up with Barr-Tech for development of the biorefinery at the 40-acre Barr Regional Bio-Industrial Park located in Eastern Washington county.

Blue Marble CEO Kelly Ogilvie said the partnership is expected to lower recycling costs and open new avenues to decrease carbon emissions in Washington.

The biorefinery will process 1,000t of organic biomass every month, generating 700mt of green ammonia and 858mt of biochemicals per annum.

The company said these renewable biochemical products will act as drop-in substitutes to their petrochemical counterparts, decreasing waste at both ends of the supply chain.

The ground-breaking for the project is scheduled for April 2010.