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Fluor to build alternative fuels plant in New Mexico for Joule

15 Feb 2012

US project developer Fluor has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract by Joule Unlimited to build a biofuel demonstration facility in New Mexico.

The plant will be used to scale-up a Joule’s pilot process, which uses sunlight to convert proprietary organisms and carbon dioxide into liquid hydrocarbons and ethanol.

Lou Del Tufo, senior vice president of energy and chemicals at Fluor, said, ‘As a leader in the engineering and construction sector, we believe that the Joule demonstration facility affords Fluor an opportunity to showcase our integrated solutions and assist in the commercialisation of this critical technology. We look forward to serving Joule on this project and hope to work with them as they solidify their position as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking technology companies in a rapidly growing global biofuels industry.’

Bill Sims, president and CEO of Joule Unlimited, added, ‘We are pleased to be working with Fluor, one of the world’s largest and most experienced contractors, and we look forward to the completion and start-up of this facility, which is critical to Joule’s success. We fully expect to demonstrate the high efficiencies and commercial viability of our process, which will further enhance Joule’s leadership position in the biofuels industry.’

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