Plainfield Township out as potential site for biofuel plant – The Express Times

February 17, 2012 by  
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primus energy.jpgYom Tov-Samia, CEO of Primus Green Energy, working near a biomass gassifier.A New Jersey company has pulled the plug on plans to build a biorefinery in Plainfield Township and is now looking at other eastern Pennsylvania locations.

George Boyajian, a spokesman for Hillsborough, N.J.-based Primus Green Energy, said the company is no longer considering building a biomass-to-liquid fuel facility in the Slate Belt Industrial Center off Route 512 in the township.

Primus had approached Plainfield Township and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission last fall about building the facility, which would convert tall grass and wood pellets into fuel. Formal plans were never submitted.

Boyajian said the company’s decision to relocate the proposed facility is based on “evolving needs” rather than issues with the site or the township.

“I think everyone there was welcoming,” Boyajian said. “It had nothing to do with the reaction of the local community, positive or negative. It really had to do with what our needs were.”

Boyajian said the company has pinpointed an area between Palmerton and Stroudsburg as a target region. He said the company hopes to choose a new site within the next six months and break ground in early 2013.

While no specific municipalities were mentioned as potential suitors, Boyajian said Primus is considering a half dozen candidates.

Plainfield Township supervisors Jane Mellert and Steve Hurni both said they hadn’t been updated on Primus’ plans since the company initially approached the township.

“Other than attending a township meeting months ago, that’s the last I knew,” Hurni said.

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