Novozymes To Build US Ethanol Enzyme Facility

Novozymes has selected Blair, Nebraska as the location for its new ethanol production plant. Novozymes expects to break ground in late 2008 with operations beginning in late 2010. The investment is expected to be between US $80 and $100 million.

The plant in will be designed for later expansions to ensure Novozymes can meet demands for enzymes needed  for cellulosic ethanol. The company hopes make the enzymes available by 2010.

“We are very excited about expanding our enzyme manufacturing operations in the U.S.,” said Peder Holk Nielsen, executive vice president of Novozymes. “As the leader in enzymes for fuel ethanol, we want to continue our strong commitment to our customers. Initially the focus of the new plant will be to supply enzymes for corn-based ethanol and enzymes for cellulosic ethanol start ups.”

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