Groundbreaking for $85 Million Ethanol Facility in ND

North Dakota [] Gov. John Hoeven, along with CEO Dave Saggau and Chairman Henry Hanson of Great River Energy and CEO Kirk Benson of Headwaters, Inc., broke ground for the companies’ new Blue Flint ethanol plant at Coal Creek Station in Underwood. The project reflects a partnership that will use North Dakota coal to convert North Dakota corn into renewable fuel. The $85 million facility will employ 250 to 300 workers during the construction phase and 37 full-time employees when fully operational in the first quarter of 2007. The plant will use 18 million bushels of corn annually, and produce enough feedstock as a byproduct of the ethanol-making process to feed 225,000 head of cattle. The facility and allied commercial activity will have a total economic impact on the area of $160 million, according to Hoeven.


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