Red Rock Biofuels in Lakeview has temporarily laid off some of its workers but work is still ongoing at the facility with the goal of construction finishing in 2021.
Red Rock Biofuels Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder Jeff Manternach addressed the rumors that had been swirling around the community that all work had stopped at the facility due to various issues.
“There is always something going on at Red Rock. Part of our crew ended up getting ahead on construction and now we are waiting on some pre-fabrication material from a supplier in Texas,” said Manternach.
Other on-site construction crews are still working at Red Rock with the immediate goal of completing construction. Manternach said that building a large facility like Red Rock, especially as it requires a lot of pre-fabricated materials from numerous suppliers, makes the construction site heavily dependent on the flow of materials to keep the crews working.
He said that training is still in progress and the company is seeking applicants for various positions. Manternach noted that once the material from Texas arrives the crew will resume work on the facility.
“We still have active crews on site and people can watch the progress of the facility on our web camera that we have online,” he added.
Last year some of the work was postponed due to COVID delays at suppliers on which Red Rock relies.
Manternach said that they have started some of the pre-commissioning work at the facility. They recently brought in around six loads of woody biomass to test out scaling and receiving at the plant. This was a test of the feedstock processes that will eventually turn biomass into jet fuel at the Red Rock Biofuels plant on a full-time basis.
Other pre-commissioning work will take place further along in construction. When construction is complete then the process of commissioning the plant will begin; Manternach said that since Red Rock is a one-of-a-kind facility there is no exact time frame for how long that will take, though it may be 6 – 12 months. Once the commissioning process is completed then the plant will be fully operational.
For more information visit the Red Rock Biofuels website at redrockbio.com.