BlueFire Renewables, a company that produces renewable fuels from non-food cellulosic wastes, has signed a 15 years feedstock supply contract with Cooper Marine & Timberlands (CMT), a forest product system developer, for its planned cellulosic ethanol facility in Fulton, Mississippi.

The agreement requires CMT to supply BlueFire’s Fulton ethanol facility with all of the feedstock required to produce approximately 19 million gallons of ethanol per year.

CMT will locally source cellulosic materials such as wood chips, forest residual chips, pre-commercial thinnings and urban wood waste such as construction waste, storm debris, land clearing; or manufactured wood waste from furniture manufacturing to provide feedstock for the plant.

The Fulton project, which will utilize Mississippi’s biomass resources to create economic development and job creation in Mississippi, is expected to establish the platform for developing the US energy self-sufficiency based on local resources.

CMT executive vice president Phil Willingham said that responsible biomass production has an important role to play in improving the state of local economies.

“We look forward to utilizing our extensive experience in biomass feedstock procurement and logistics in establishing a sustainable biomass feedstock supply chain for BlueFire’s Fulton Project,” Willingham said.