Bioenergy

Ethanol Plants Go Up Thanks to Partnerships and Funding

More activity in ethanol production facilities is in the news every day. A variety of ingredients need to come together for a plant to go up, some of which are documented below.

FarmWeek reports that Growmark will partner with Central States Enterprises (CSE) to build a 100-million to 110-million-gallon (mgy) ethanol plant in Montpelier, Indiana. It would use about 41 million bushels of corn and produce about 376,000 tons of distillers dried grains. CSE last year joined with Growmark to market Midwest grain in western U.S. and Mexican markets. The planned facility will be located on Norfolk Southern railroad’s east-west main line, which serves the East Coast. Construction of the $150 million facility is slated to begin late this summer. US BioEnergy and Big River Resources, LLC intend to jointly construct a 100 million gallon per year (mgy) dry grind ethanol facility near Grinnell, Iowa, contingent on zoning, permitting and tax incentives. Jim Leiting, General Manager of Big River Resources at West Burlington, Iowa, will oversee all of the Big River projects. US BioEnergy currently has one operating ethanol plant near Central City, Nebraska, and three plants under construction: US Bio Albert City — a 100 mgy plant in Iowa; US Bio Woodbury — a 45 mgy plant in Michigan; and Val-E Ethanol near Ord, Nebraska. US BioEnergy also has three more 100 mgy plants under development. Big River Resources owns and operates a 40 mgy ethanol plant in West Burlington, Iowa, which is expanding to 52 mgy. It has made an investment in Absolute Energy, a 100 mgy project under development near Lay, Iowa, and has options to purchase the Lincoln Land Rail facility with plans to construct a 100 mgy plant near Galva, Illinois. Two technical journals report that ten million dollars of funding for Massachusetts-based BioEnergy International’s 108 million gallon per year (mgy) ethanol plant planned for construction on land leased from the Lake Providence Port Commission in East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, has come through from Itera International Energy Corporation of Jacksonville, Florida. Itera invests in diversified energy and natural resources, as well as the oil and gas industry, the extraction and processing of coalmine methane gas, timber and real estate.