Black Hills Advanced Synfuels, LLC
Converting Diseased Trees to Advanced Synthetic Diesel

Tens of millions of acres of America’s Western Forests are at risk of catastrophic forest fires.  The Black Hills National Forest battles 100 forest fires every year.  The situation is even worse in Montana, Colorado and California.  In just two weeks, forest fires burned an area of California’s forests greater than the state of Delaware.

We have an engineering solution for this problem. 

At our proposed plant in Newcastle, WY, we will be removing over 180,000 tons of diseased, fire-prone trees – every year – helping to restore health to this beautiful forest.

EcoTech Biofuels, LLC is a privately-owned renewable fuels company, partnering with proven leaders in the  renewable fuels space. Our team of experts has the field-proven capability for converting biological and carbonaceous waste materials, including woody biomass,  into advanced synthetic fuels. EcoTech Biofuel’s Black Hills Advanced Synfuels  project in Newcastle, WY, will convert 500 tons per day of fire-prone diseased and dead woody biomass from the Black Hills National Forest into 1150 barrels per day of advanced synthetic SAF or diesel (the “Project”) .

Our Engineering Services Partner

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The company’s engineering partner is Black & Veatch, a global leader in engineering, procurement, consulting and construction services, with a 100-year legacy of innovations in sustainable infrastructure projects.  B&V will oversee the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) phase work, including developing an EPC lump sum price, which will optimize both cost and scheduling.  B&V will also provide EPC services during the fabrication and construction phase.

SAF and Synthetic Diesel Fuels

The Black Hills plant will be producing ~16 million gallons per year of advanced synthetic fuels, with the capability of producing either ≤1 ppm sulfur synthetic diesel or Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Due to expected demand for SAF, ETF anticipates producing primarily SAF via Fischer-Tropsch engineering processes. A major jet fuel supplier to U.S. airports has executed an LOI to purchase all fuel produced at plant.

Key Project Attributes

FINANCING PARTNER: Piper Sandler will underwrite, prepare and offer a WY tax-exempt Industrial (Waste Disposal) Revenue Bond.

SITE: heavy industrial-zoned site with rail access in Newcastle, WY.

FEEDSTOCK: dead, diseased trees, brush, slash and other woody biomass from the Black Hills National Forest Service, state forests and private land.

OFF-TAKE: LOI signed with major jet fuel supplier to U.S. airports.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS FOR WY: The Project will create over 80 jobs including chemical engineers, skilled labor and entry-level workers. Because of the high jobs multiplier impact of the Project, for every job created at the plant, at least 7 more jobs will be created in the community.

TECHNOLOGY: Closed-loop gasification and gas-to-liquids engineering processes proven over many decades of worldwide utilization.

MANAGEMENT: Experienced waste conversion and renewable energy and fuels management team with executive and operational experience.

PERMITTING: Underway. No foreseen impediments to Project commencement.

Future Projects

EcoTech Biofuel’s engineering and EPC partners have field-proven track records for transforming waste materials, including woody biomass into superior synthetic fuels.

Each year, forests throughout the Rocky Mountains States and California battle catastrophic forest fires due to disease, drought and climate change. The Company is currently working with foresters in South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, California and Montana and at the national level to help solve this problem. Our projects in each of these states will annually remove hundreds of thousands of tons of dry and diseased trees from our forests – thus removing the fuel for future forest fires.  We will convert this forest waste to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Our first project, sponsored by the Black Hills National Forest, will convert Pine Beetle-killed trees and forest treatment slash to advanced synthetic fuels under a long-term Forest Stewardship contract.