Fluor wins Rentech contract for biomass to energy project

Irving, Texas, June 3, 2010 – Fluor Corp. won a contract by Rentech, Inc. to provide front-end engineering and design services for the Rialto Renewable Energy Center 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

Fluor will book the undisclosed contract value in the second quarter of 2010.

Under the agreement, Fluor will perform FEED services for the facility and the project’s supporting infrastructure. The Rialto Project, which will use green urban waste as feedstock, is a biomass gasification facility that will co-produce renewable electric power and synthetic diesel fuel.

“We are taking a leading role in the renewables energy space by assisting Rentech with this unique clean-fuel and power biomass project,” said Dave Dunning, president of Fluor’s Power Group. “We hope to assist Rentech to further develop this renewable energy project and take it from the design stage to reality.”

The Rialto Project is designed to generate about 35 MW of baseload renewable electricity (enough energy to power about 30,000 homes) and 640 barrels-per-day of renewable, ultra-clean synthetic fuels from urban woody green waste, such as yard and tree trimmings.

The life-cycle carbon footprint of the fuels and power is expected to be near zero, and the renewable power (RenPowerTM) meets the requirements of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.

Fluor has executed more than 20 gasification projects globally and performed more than 150 gasification feasibility studies. In addition, Fluor has helped develop the major Fischer-Tropsch plants in operation today.


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