Posts Tagged ‘KIOR’

KiOR shutting down production at Columbus plant

COLUMBUS — KiOR has halted production at its Columbus plant in December to make improvements and has no plans to resume production during the first quarter of 2014. The company operates a plant in Columbus and plans to open a larger one in Natchez. The legislature approved $75 million in interest-free loans to Kior in […] [...]

Supervisors offer option on land to KiOR for plant

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors has offered to extend an option on the former Belwood Country Club property to alternative fuel manufacturer KiOR. KiOR previously had a contract signed on a 120 acre-tract of the county-owned Belwood property but the option had expired. Board attorney Scott Slover tells The Natchez Democrat KiOR […] [...]

KiOR starts production at Mississippi biorefinery

by Associated Press Published: November 8,2012

Tags: Barack Obama, energy, green, Haley Barbour, KIOR, Mississippi, Mississippi Business Journal

JACKSON — Alternative fuel firm KiOR says it started production in October in Mississippi and plans to make its first commercial shipment before November’s end. Based in Pasadena, Texas, KiOR built a $222 million refinery in Columbus, Miss., to extract the equivalent of light crude oil from wood chips. It refines the oil into gasoline […] [...]

KiOR rises on manufacturing plant update

by Associated Press Published: August 14,2012

Tags: KIOR, Mississippi, Mississippi Business Journal

PASADENA — Shares of KiOR Inc. advanced Tuesday after the renewable fuels company said its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Miss., will start operations in September. KiOR is developing a platform to convert non-food biomass into oil. It said the Columbus facility will begin providing gas and diesel in the fourth quarter. It also said the […] [...]

ANALYSIS — Mississippi has big money invested in KiOR’s financially challenged project

The eyes of the international renewable-fuels community are fixed on KiOR (NASDAQ:KIOR), a Texas-based company in which Mississippi has a large stake — specifically a $75 million interest-free loan administered by the Mississippi Development Authority. KiOR plans to build five plants in Mississippi that should convert wood chips to renewable crude through a process called […] [...]

MBJ Editorial: Mississippi Delta worse off after eight years of Gov. Barbour

The Mississippi Delta continues to flounder as unemployment figures average around 18 percent for the 12 counties between Vicksburg and Memphis. Yet, there have been many jobs announcements in the years of the Barbour administration, but very few have had anything to do with the Mississippi Delta. In this latest barrage of economic development announcements, […] [...]

Decimated logging industry clings to hope of housing rebound

Since the mid-1990s, Mississippi’s logging industry has been sawed to a fraction of what it was. Perhaps no better illustration of that comes in the latest employment figures for the industry included in a report by the Mississippi Institute for Forest Inventory. In 1996, the industry employed 125,000 people, according to the report. By 2008, […] [...]

Plenty of timber, but no deal yet for KiOR

by Clay Chandler Published: February 27,2011

Tags: Donald Grebner, Fred Cannon, KIOR

When Houston, Texas-based KiOR announced late last summer that it planned to build at least biomass-to-crude oil facilities in Mississippi, CEO Fred Cannon said the company was “in final negotiations” with a refinery to purchase and refine the product produced here. A KiOR spokesman said in an email to the Mississippi Business Journal last week […] [...]

Good idea or not?

See related Feb. 4 Business Blog post, ‘Haley Barbour and Khosla Ventures’ and Feb. 11 post, ‘WSJ: Learned from Khosla-backed energy startups that tanked.’ State leaders agree that affordable and reliable energy is essential for Mississippi’s future economic growth. Gov. Haley Barbour has said his energy policy is “more of it” and has aggressively promoted […] [...]

Honorable Mention: Bio-fuels became household word in Mississippi

by Wally Northway Published: December 19,2010

Tags: BlueFire Renewables, Haley Barbour, KIOR

BlueFire reached deal to build in Fulton Biomass-rich Mississippi landed two major projects this year. In September, BlueFire Renewables, looking to build an ethanol plant in Fulton, reached two milestone agreements (MBJ Online, Sept. 21, “BlueFire signs ethanol agreement with TBF;” and, MBJ Online, Sept. 27, “BlueFire signs feedstock contract with Alabama company”). The following […] [...]

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