Posts Tagged ‘KIOR’

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 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 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 […] [...]

Harper On Energy

U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper speaks to the 2010 annual business meeting of the U.S. Oil & Gas Association at the King Edward Hotel in Jackson. [...]

Barbour: Biomass deal ‘not too good to be true’

by Published: September 5,2010

Tags: Dr. Mark Bricka, Fred Cannon, Gov. Haley Barbour, KIOR

State education researchers say technology process is possible but has a lot of issues to overcome The concept of biofuel has been around since World War II, when Adolf Hitler ordered his top scientists to explore and develop new ways to power German war machines. The concept of commercializing renewable crude oil, or re-crude, which […] [...]

Kior to Build Biofuel Plant in Columbus

by Published: August 31,2010

Tags: biofuel, Columbus, Haley Barbour, KIOR

JACKSON- Gov. Haley Barbour announces that Kior, a biofuel company based in Houston, Tex., wants to build a plant at the Port of Columbus that will use technology and other groundbreaking processes to convert wood and wood products into oil. [...]

Speeding up Mother Nature

by Published: August 27,2010

Tags: biofuels, economic development, KIOR

Barbour unveils ‘revolutionary’ biofuel project The areas around Columbus, Bude and Newton County have lots of timber. A Houston, Texas-based biofuel company hopes to put it to good use. Gov. Haley Barbour announced last Thursday that Kior is building facilities in each of those areas that will convert biomass — in this case, wood products […] [...]

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