DuPont picks KBR for engineering contract on Iowa cellulosic ethanol project

KBR has been awarded a contract for engineering and procurement services for DuPont’s first cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa.

KBR will provide front-end engineering, detailed engineering and procurement services to DuPont’s industrial biosciences group for this first-of-a-kind plant to be constructed in the Midwest US.

The ethanol facility is designed to process 1,300 tpd of corn stover and produce 27.5 million gal/year of ethanol, officials said.

The cellulosic ethanol product will be used as a blending component in gasoline by fuel manufacturers and will enable them to meet US EPA-mandated requirements for ethanol derived from cellulosic sources.

KBR is executing the project from its operations center in Wilmington, Del. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the second half of 2012 with a 12-18 month construction period.

“KBR and DuPont have a long-standing partnership and a history of successful project execution,” said David Zelinski, president of KBR’s downstream segment.

“This award further affirms and solidifies KBR’s 20-plus year partnership with DuPont in the safe and efficient development and execution of capital projects, and reinforces KBR’s position as an EPC leader in biofuels projects.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

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