KiOR Receives Fuel Registration From EPA For Renewable Diesel

PASADENA, Texas, Aug. 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KiOR, Inc. (Nasdaq:KIOR), a next-generation renewable fuels company, announced today that it has been granted Part 79 registration for its Renewable Diesel Blendstock 5 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The registration, required by manufacturers of motor vehicle fuels by the EPA, must be completed prior to the sale of the product.

"Part 79 registration for our cellulosic diesel marks another important milestone for KiOR and the renewable fuels industry," said Fred Cannon, KiOR's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The receipt of the Part 79 registrations for our cellulosic gasoline and diesel from EPA coincides perfectly with the start-up of our first production facility in Columbus, Mississippi next month. 

"With registration for both our cellulosic gasoline and diesel completed, KiOR now has a clear path to market to provide renewable cellulosic fuels for American cars and trucks during the fourth quarter of this year," Mr. Cannon added. "We are excited that KiOR will be able to play a key role in helping to fulfill the goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by providing a truly renewable fuel option that uses only sustainable non-food feedstock, reduces greenhouse gases, creates American jobs, and reduces our dependence on imported oil." 

Part 79 registration does not constitute endorsement, certification, or approval by any agency of the United States.

About KiOR

KiOR is a development stage, next-generation renewable fuels company that has developed a unique two-step proprietary technology platform to convert abundant and sustainable non-food biomass into cellulosic gasoline, diesel and fuel oil. KiOR's cellulosic fuels may be transported using existing distribution networks and are suitable for use in vehicles on the road today. KiOR strives to help ease dependence on foreign oil, reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and create high-quality jobs and economic benefit across rural communities. For more information, please visit www.KiOR.com.

KiOR's shares are traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "KiOR."

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Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains "forward looking" statements regarding future results and events, including, without limitation, statements about: our potential to be the first U.S. commercial cellulosic diesel/gas producer in 2012, the timing and success of our commissioning phase; the timing of our commencement of production of cellulosic gasoline and diesel, the construction of and commercialization at our biomass-to-fuel facility in Columbus, Mississippi, potential future sales of our fuels products, and our anticipated future operations. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," intends," "appears," "estimates," "projects," "would," "could," "should," "targets," and similar expressions are also intended to identify forward looking statements. The forward looking statements in this press release involve a number of important risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual future results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward looking statements contained in this press release. Such factors and others are discussed more fully in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 as filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and as updated by the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The "Risk Factors" discussion in the filings listed above is incorporated by reference in this press release. If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievement may vary significantly from what we have projected. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward looking statements in the future. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
CONTACT:  For investors:          Max Kricorian, Director of Finance          281-694-8811          Investor.relations@kior.com          For media:          Kate Perez, Director of Corporate Communications           & Public Relations          281-694-8831          media.relations@kior.com

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