Bagasse pellet projects planned in Louisiana

By Staff | November 01, 2014

NFR BioEnergy has announced plans to manufacture pellets from sugarcane bagasse in Louisiana. The company indicated it will make a $312 million capital investment to install pellet production capacity at more than 10 sugar refining hubs in the southern portion of the state, subject to completing lease and biomass agreements with sugar mills. The facilities are expected to feature a torrefaction process that has been aided by research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Energy Institute.

The initial facility is under development in White Castle, Louisiana. The plant will be collocated with the Cora Texas Sugar mill. A demonstration biorefinery is expected to begin operations soon. A larger, commercial-scale facility is scheduled to be complete in time for the 2015 sugarcane growing and refining season.

The State of Louisiana has offered NFR BioEnergy an incentive package that includes a performance-based $500,000 Economic Development Award Program grant and the comprehensive workforce solutions of Louisiana Economic Development FastStart.