VeraSun Announces Biorefinery Start-up

VeraSun Energy Corp. announced the start-up of its 110 million gallon per year ethanol biorefinery located near Hankinson, North Dakota. The Hankinson production facility marks the 12th VeraSun biorefinery in operation, increasing the company’s annual operating capacity to 1.2 billion gallons.

Construction on the Hankinson facility began in August of 2006 and was completed in June. It will annually process approximately 39 million bushels of corn and produce about 350,000 tons of distillers grains for livestock feed in addition to 110 million gallons of ethanol each year. It is the third VeraSun facility to come on-line in 2008.

VeraSun took ownership of the facility through its merger with US BioEnergy, which became final on April 1, 2008. This announcement comes after VeraSun had announced a delay in the start of operations at the plant earlier this month.

“We are pleased to be bringing our Hankinson facility into operation, adding production to our fleet and additional fuel to our domestic supply,” said Don Endres, CEO of VeraSun. “It is the result of the hard work and dedication of our employees, the community, and the state’s leadership, that we are able to nearly double the ethanol production capacity of North Dakota with its first 110-million-gallon biorefinery.”

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