Bioenergy

Ethanol Plant Planned in North Carolina

The $150 million ethanol plant scheduled for Beaufort County, North Carolina, by Agri-Ethanol Products, LLC (AEP), is the first of three planned renewable fuel ethanol plants. Dave Brady, AEP managing member said the plant will produce 114 million gallons per year (mgy) of ethanol as well as co-products consisting of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and CO2.

The ethanol production will be delivered in each of two, 57 mgy phases, with the co-products output doubling accordingly. Phase I is expected in the first quarter of 2006. About $2 million will facilitate rail improvements critical to the operation of the plant. Brady stated that there will be 74 people involved in the ethanol and CO2 production at the site, with several hundred more jobs related to indirect employment such as delivery of grain, shipment of ethanol, the distribution of the DDGS and CO2. AEP’s plant will consume in excess of 20 million bushels of grain per year for each phase and can use corn or grain sorghum interchangeably. An additional crop, hull-less barley, may be integrated into the operation of the facility in the future, as will bio-diesel production.