SOURCE: Bluefire Ethanol, Inc.

August 22, 2006 10:13 ET

BlueFire Ethanol Identifies Southern California Landfill as Initial Location in the U.S. for Commercialization of Cellulose Ethanol Technology

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2006 -- BlueFire Ethanol, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: BFRE) has identified the initial location in the United States for the commercialization of its cellulose ethanol technology and in cooperation with a publicly traded company, providing comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America, submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Energy's request for applications to design, construct, build and operate an integrated biorefinery using cellulosic feedstock for the production of ethanol. The BlueFire biorefinery is proposed to be located at an existing landfill site in Southern California.

BlueFire's Southern California Biorefinery will process 700 tons of green waste and other cellulosic waste material per day into 24 million gallons of fuel grade ethanol per year with projected revenues of about $55 million and operating income of approximately $25 million per year. The proposed landfill location has been in existence since 1986 accepting approximately 10,000 tons per day of waste from Southern California Counties. Blue Fire's Biorefinery is consistent with BlueFire's 6-year deployment plan, where the Company is estimated to produce1.5 billion gallons of ethanol and approximately $2.7 billion in gross revenues by 2012 with earnings in excess of $1.6 billion.

BlueFire plans to locate their cellulose conversion facilities on landfills throughout North America, initially focusing on the California fuel market. CEO Arnold R Klann states, "The proposed landfill site in California is the perfect location and provides a model that can easily be replicated across multiple regions of the United States to bring ethanol to the fuel markets. Our partner in this transaction alone has control of over 200 landfills in North America where BlueFire's technology can be deployed. The Southern California Biorefinery and facilities like it will enable us to be located directly in the markets with the highest demand for ethanol while extending the life of the landfills upon which they sit." BlueFire biorefineries provide a path towards meeting President Bush's Executive Order that sets a national goal of replacing more than 75% of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025 and California's goal to produce a minimum of 20 percent of its biofuels within California by 2010, and 40 percent by 2020.

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BlueFire Ethanol, Inc. is established to deploy the commercially ready, patented, and proven Arkenol Technology Process for the profitable conversion of cellulosic ("Green Waste") waste materials to ethanol, a viable alternative to gasoline. BlueFire's use of the Arkenol Process Technology positions it as the only cellulose-to-ethanol company worldwide with demonstrated production of ethanol from urban trash (post-sorted MSW), rice and wheat straws, wood waste and other agricultural residues. Our goal is to develop and operate high-value carbohydrate-based transportation fuel production facilities worldwide. These "biorefineries" will convert widely available, inexpensive, organic materials such as agricultural residues, high-content biomass crops, wood residues, and cellulose from MSW into ethanol. BlueFire intends to build a multinational company that leads the world in producing biobased transportation fuels. Its business will encompass development activities leading to the construction and long-term operation of production facilities while maintaining technological advantage and ownership of the process technology and all its improvements. Ethanol will be produced from biorefinery facilities opportunistically constructed on or near landfills, waste collection and waste separation sites. Each facility will deploy the proprietary technology, which uses all cellulosic waste materials traditionally disposed of in landfills as feedstock.


Statements about BlueFire Ethanol, Inc.'s expectations, including future revenues and earnings, and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as the term is defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. BlueFire's actual results could differ materially from expected results. BlueFire undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequently occurring events or circumstances. Should events occur which materially affect any comments made within this press release; BlueFire will appropriately inform the public.

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