Bioenergy

First Texas Ethanol Operator on Target

The ground was broken for a new state-of-the-art ethanol facility in Hereford, Texas, to be built by White Energy Holding Company, LLC. The fully funded $117 million project is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2007 with a production capacity of 100 million gallons per year (mgy), placing it among the top ten ethanol producers nationwide — and the first operator in Texas.

“With this new construction, White Energy is taking a significant step towards our goal of owning and operating renewable fuel facilities with capacity of 500-700 mgy within the next few years. We are dedicated to becoming an industry leader with a diversified portfolio of renewable energy resources established through acquisitions and Greenfield construction,” said Kevin Kuykendall, chief executive officer of White Energy. The Hereford plant will be adjacent to an existing 9.5 million bushel grain elevator and 2.5 mile rail loop track owned and operated by Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM), where White Energy will store grain prior to processing. White Energy intends to utilize a mix of corn and milo as grain inputs for the ethanol facility. Up to 10 million bushels of milo per year will be purchased from the local Hereford Grain Co-op, and the corn will be secured from ADM. Additionally, distiller’s wet grain (DWG), a high-protein feed supplement to the beef and dairy industries and the primary by-product of the ethanol production process, will be sold locally, capitalizing on the high numbers of dairies and cattle feedlots in the area.