• Ron Kotrba

Aemetis hires CTCI America for permitting, engineering work on renewable diesel, SAF project


Aemetis Inc. announced Oct. 28 that it has entered into an agreement with engineering and construction firm CTCI America, a subsidiary of CTCI Corp., to conduct permitting and engineering work for its “Carbon Zero” renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant to be built in Riverbank, California. The company plans to use waste wood to produce cellulosic hydrogen with carbon intensity below zero in the fuel-manufacturing process, along with hydroelectricity with a carbon-intensity score of zero, to convert feedstock such as distillers corn oil into renewable diesel and SAF. The project will initially be scaled at 45 million gallons a year (mgy), but Aemetis plans to ultimately manufacture 90 mgy at the site.

“We are fortunate to have built a team of engineers and construction companies with experience in building renewable diesel plants in California,” said Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis. “There are a limited number of firms with an ability to execute on large-scale renewable fuels projects within California’s environmental requirements. We are pleased to be able to work with a world-class firm such as CTCI to provide engineering for permitting and construction.”

Patrick Jameson, president of CTCI America, said, “We are currently the EPC constructing a renewable diesel plant in California. We look forward to working with Aemetis for engineering and construction of the Carbon Zero plant.”

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