ABENGOA BIOENERGY

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PROJECT SUMMARY

In September 2011, the Department of Energy issued a $132.4 million loan guarantee to finance Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas (ABBK), one of the first commercial-scale biofuel plants in the United States, located about 90 miles southwest of Dodge City, Kansas. 

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

ABBK uses an innovative enzymatic hydrolysis process to convert non-edible corn stalks, stems and leaves into up to 25 million gallons of ethanol per year.  The project maximizes the use of agricultural crop residues that would otherwise remain idle, and utilizes feedstock that does not compete with feed grains.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

ABBK created approximately 300 construction jobs, and is expected to support 65 permanent jobs.

CLIMATE BENEFIT

ABBK is expected to produce enough clean fuel to save 14,900,000 gallons of gasoline and prevent 132,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.  Additionally, the self-sufficient facility uses unconverted biomass to generate up to 21 MW of electricity that powers the cellulosic ethanol plant.

PROJECT STATISTICS: ABENGOA BIOENERGY

PROJECT SUMMARY

OWNERS

Abengoa, S.A. & Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, Inc.

LOCATION

Hugoton, Kansas

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

LOAN PROGRAM

TITLE XVII

LOAN TYPE

Loan Guarantee

LOAN AMOUNT 1

$132.4 Million

ISSUANCE DATE 2

September 2011

ENERGY SUMMARY 

OPERATION STATUS

Under Construction

PRODUCTION CAPACITY

25 Million Gallons Annually

PROJECTED ANNUAL PRODUCTION

Up to 25 Million Gallons

ECONOMIC IMPACT

PERMANENT U.S. JOBS SUPPORTED

65

U.S. CONSTRUCTION JOBS SUPPORTED 3

300
CLIMATE BENEFIT

GALLONS OF GASOLINE SAVED ANNUALLY

14,900,000

CO2 EMISSIONS PREVENTED ANNUALLY

132,000 Metric Tons

NOTES:

** All information up-to-date as of June 2017.

1 Approximate amount of the loan facility approved at closing including principal and any capitalized interest.

2 Loan fully repaid in March 2015.

3 Estimated at the time of closing.