In the United States (US), renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels company Aemetis Inc. has announced that it has received a Use Permit from the City of Riverbank to build a 90 million (US) gallon (≈ 340.6 million litre) per year sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel plant at the 125-acre Riverbank Industrial Complex in Riverbank, California (CA).
The Riverbank Industrial Complex, a former US Army ammunition production plant, is now being converted to business and industrial use as part of the federal Base Realignment and Closure program.
For many years, we sought out a green company to lead us into the future and we found Aemetis, stated Richard O’Brien, Mayor of the City of Riverbank.
The City of Riverbank is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for Aemetis’ SAF/RD plant.
Aemetis has signed US$3.8 billion worth of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply contracts with airlines and a US$3.2 billion renewable diesel (HVO) supply contract with a national chain of travel stops.
The approval by the Riverbank City Council includes approval of the CEQA determinations that allow the remaining permits for the project to be issued. Aemetis continues to complete major milestones in ourFive-Year Plan. This Use Permit and CEQA approval for the Riverbank sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel plant is the result of years of engineering and environmental work with the City and several government agencies, allowing us to finalize additional key permits in the next few months, said Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO of Aemetis.
The 90 million gallons (≈340.7 million litre) per year production facility will include about US$500 million of investment and create more than 800 jobs during construction, as well as an estimated 650 permanent direct and indirect jobs.
Thank you to Aemetis for being the type of company that you are and for doing such a great job at the Riverbank site which has already created new local jobs in the green economy, said Council member Darlene Barber-Martinez.