The Community Economic Revitalization Authority Board (CERB) of Washington has presented an award of $2 million to Blue Marble Corp. and the Odessa Public Department Authority (OPDA). This award was announced on 24 November 2009 by Blue Marble Corp.
This award of $2 million was presented towards the construction of the first biochemical biorefinery in Lincoln County, Washington. The money received will be used in developing a basic foundational structure to start of, with this industrial project, which is initiated by Blue Marble Corp. The Barr Regional Bio-Industrial Park is the site allotted for this project and Blue Marble Corp will join with Barr Tech, LLC for further development of the project. New carbon emission measures and the recycling cost are expected to be reduced by this joint venture between Blue Marble Corp and Barr Tech, LLC.
Renewable biochemical products will be processed by Blue Marble Corp. Every year the company intends to produce 858 metric tons of biochemicals and 700 metric tons of green ammonia. Organic biomass amounting to 1,000 tons will be processed by Blue Marble Corp on a monthly basis. These biochemical products help in waste reduction and are considered as drop-in replacements to their equivalent petrochemicals.
Kelly Ogilivie, CEO of Blue Marble Corp remarked that more than 70 green jobs will be available in Lincoln County and the company’s refinery will see further developments through this industrial project. Ogilivie further expressed his gratitude by thanking both the state and its Governor for taking initiatives in creating job opportunities despite the economic crisis faced by the state. Governor Gregorie stated that besides increasing job opportunities, the entire state will experience tremendous economic development. This is due to the support received by Blue Marble Corp from the Department of Commerce.