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Strobel awarded EPC contract

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Strobel Energy Group has executed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Prairie Catalytic LLC, a subsidiary of Greenyug LLC, to design and construct its commercial scale bio-ethanol to ethyl acetate facility in Nebraska, US.

The Prairie Catalytic production facility will be located adjacent to the Archer Daniels Midland Company’s Corn Processing Plant in Columbus, Nebraska, which will supply the project with bio-ethanol feedstock and other services.

Strobel has initiated the detailed engineering design and will begin construction of the facility in 3Q17 with commissioning and production expected within approximately one year.

HELM AG has executed an off-take agreement for 100% of the ethyl acetate produced at the Prairie Catalytic facility.

According to Steve Strobel, CEO of Strobel Energy Group, said: “This project allows us to execute on all of our core competencies. From detailed engineering, to fabrication and procurement of structural and mechanical components incorporating our customers process technology, utilisation of our R, S & U stamp certifications, QA/QC process, EH&S program and our ability to self-perform civil and mechanical portions of the scope while putting Nebraskans to work right in our backyard. We are excited about this challenge and look forward to executing on time and within budget.”

Sagar Gadewar, CEO of Greenyug LLC and Prairie Catalytic LLC, added:“We look forward to working with Strobel Energy Group, a company whose entrepreneurial ethos and ‘can do’ attitude matches ours. Strobel’s strong presence in the local community and commitment to high quality work will be critical for success of the Prairie Catalytic project.”

Greenyug developed its patented technology at its Santa Barbara, California research facility and continued the scale-up at its fully integrated demonstration plant. It has developed a proprietary platform to add value to ethanol by upgrading it into a variety of bio-based chemicals with broad market appeal. Greenyug ethyl acetate will be the first commercially available in industrial quantities to be entirely sourced from renewable feedstock.

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