Governor Abbott Announces New $1.7 Billion Advanced Bioenergy Biorefinery in the United States at Bon Wier | Texas Governor’s Office

February 15, 2022 | Austin, TX | Press release

Governor Greg Abbott announced today that USA BioEnergy, through its subsidiary Texas Renewable Funds (TRF), will construct a new $1.7 billion advanced biorefinery in Bon Wier, Texas. The biorefinery will convert one million green tons of wood waste into 34 million gallons per year of premium clean-burning transportation fuel, including sustainable aviation fuel, renewable diesel and renewable naphtha. Future expansion will double the plant’s production capacity to 68 million gallons per year, and the plant will also capture and sequester approximately 50 million metric tons of CO2 over the life of the biorefinery. This new biorefinery will create 142 jobs in the Newton County community.

“We are delighted that USA BioEnergy has chosen East Texas as the location for its new state-of-the-art biorefinery,” Governor Abbott said. “This investment will further cement Texas as an innovative energy leader and bring unprecedented economic opportunity to Bon Weir and Newton County. Thank you USA BioEnergy for selecting Newton County for this incredible project and I appreciate the hard work of our local and state partners. to secure this investment. I look forward to our continued work together as we create an even brighter future for the entire Lone Star State.

“USA BioEnergy conducted extensive site research and analysis to identify the best location for our project,” said Nick Andrews, CEO of USA BioEnergy. “National and local incentives then became key to our decision and we are delighted to choose Bon Wier. We have received tremendous assistance from Newton County Economic Development including Judge Kenneth Weeks, Nancy Windham, President and CEO of the Texas Forest Country Partnership, Don Iles of the Sabine River Authority of Texas, and Rob Hughes, Executive Director of the Texas Forestry Association, among many others.”

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome Texas Renewable Fuels to Newton County,” said Newton County Judge Kenneth Weeks. “The announcement of this $1.7 billion project announces 142 new jobs upon completion, approximately 585 direct construction related worker jobs during construction with $877 million in direct revenue for construction related businesses In total, the project supports approximately $1.2 billion in gross proceeds or economic activity during construction Texas Renewable Fuels will deliver a substantial improvement in the quality of life for residents of Newton County Working with CEO Nick Andrews, and the management team over the past year has been a great pleasure. We would also like to thank all of the partners and supporters of this project in Newton County. We would especially like to thank Governor Greg Abbott and his team for all support and programs to solidify their decision for Newton County.”

“I would like to express my gratitude to Texas Renewable Fuels for choosing Newton County to build a new manufacturing facility that will supply and support the growing market for sustainable and renewable fuels,” said Senator Robert Nichols. “The economic impact of this project will benefit the community, local businesses and increase our local and national economic output.”

“Newton County is a phenomenal place that is primed for economic expansion and growth,” Rep. James White said. “I am very excited for Texas Renewable Fuels to select a site in Newton County, which will increase local prosperity in rural Deep East Texas. I support job creation and energy portfolio diversification of our nation. Texas Renewable Fuels will create 142 jobs upon completion and provide additional opportunities for Newton County by providing opportunity through cutting-edge science, new technologies, and a market for our wood fiber.

“The Newton Independent School District is excited about the announcement of Texas Renewable Fuels, which will locate a state-of-the-art biorefinery within the boundaries of the Newton ISD,” said Michelle Barrow, Superintendent of the Newton Independent School District. “Newton ISD participated in a Chapter 313 incentive, which temporarily limits the appraised value of a property to encourage commercial investment within school district boundaries. Texas Renewable Fuels agreed to create 142 permanent jobs at full time. The project will bring industry to the Newton area, an improvement in the education of our youth and the quality of life for our current and future workforce.”

USA BioEnergy is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based renewable fuels development group established to produce sustainable aviation fuel, renewable diesel and renewable naphtha from readily available wood waste feedstock.

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