Bioenergy

Cattle Manure to Fuel 100-mgy Ethanol Plant

A 100 million gallon per year (mgy) ethanol facility slotted to annually refine approximately 40 million bushels of corn and milo into a clean-burning, renewable fuel will gasify more than 1 billion pounds of cattle manure a year to generate the steam used in its ethanol manufacturing process.

Panda Ethanol Inc. intends to build the plant in Sherman County, Texas, to be a fuel-efficient ethanol refinery equal in size to Panda’s Hereford facility, a large biomass-fueled ethanol plant. The Sherman facility is the fourth 100-mgy ethanol project announced by Panda, and the third to be powered by cattle manure. “All together, the construction and ongoing operation of the plant is expected to infuse more than $220 million into the area’s economy over the next 10 years,” said Kathy Allen, executive director of the Sherman County Development Committee. Panda’s Sherman refinery will be located on a 1,200-acre site three miles northwest of Stratford, Texas. Construction will take approximately 18 months. The completion date is dependent upon financing, regulatory approvals and other conditions. Panda has submitted its request for an air permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Panda Ethanol previously announced that it successfully completed the debt and equity financing on its 100 mgy ethanol plant in Hereford, Texas. The company has begun facility construction on the 380-acre site and anticipates ethanol production to commence in the second half of 2007.