Strobel Energy Group to design, construct Prairie Catalytic plant

By Strobel Energy Group | August 01, 2017

Strobel Energy Group recently announced that it has executed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement with Prairie Catalytic LLC, a subsidiary of Greenyug LLC, to design and construct its commercial scale bioethanol-to-ethyl acetate facility in Nebraska. Ethyl acetate is a specialty solvent used extensively in products such as paints, coatings, pharmaceuticals, adhesives and a variety of consumer goods.

The Prairie Catalytic production facility will be located adjacent to the Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s corn processing plant in Columbus, Nebraska, which will supply the project with bioethanol feedstock and other services. Strobel has initiated the detailed engineering design and will begin construction of the facility in Q3 2017 with commissioning and production expected within approximately one year. HELM AG, based in Hamburg, Germany and Piscataway, New Jersey, is one of the world’s largest chemical marketing companies, has executed an off-take agreement for 100 percent of the ethyl acetate produced at the Prairie Catalytic facility.

According to Steve Strobel, CEO of Strobel Energy Group, “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, utilization 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, states, “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. Greenyug has developed a proprietary platform to add value to ethanol by upgrading it into a variety of biobased chemicals with broad market appeal. Greenyug ethyl acetate will be the first commercially available in industrial quantities to be entirely sourced from renewable feedstock. The global market for ethyl acetate exceeds $4 billion.