$300 M Ethanol Plant Includes Grain, Fertilizer, and Storage

The Aurora Cooperative and Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc., signed a Letter of Intent to develop a new ethanol plant one mile west of Aurora. This 220 million gallon per year (mgy) plant will be constructed on a 135-acre site adjacent to the property of the Nebraska Energy, LLC ethanol plant.

Aventine is the majority partner/owner of Nebraska Energy, LLC. Ownership and expense of the plant will be Aventine’s; the Aurora Cooperative will be the exclusive grain supplier to the new facility, as well as the exclusive marketer of syrup and wet distiller’s grain with solubles (WDGS). “In addition to the ethanol project, we are also pleased to announce the first ag-bio multiplex in North America,” said George Hohwieler, President and CEO of the Aurora Cooperative. The 135-acre site named Aurora West will also include a state-of-the-art grain handling facility, a fertilizer complex, and a double loop railroad system to accommodate grain, fertilizer, ethanol, and DDG shipments accessing the mainline railroad. The plan calls for a multi-million bushel grain storage and handling facility to receive and deliver area producers’ grain to end users in the ethanol, feed, and food industries. The fertilizer complex will have the ability to expand based on the continued market growth the Aurora Cooperative is experiencing. Aurora West will also be home to a 75,000 sq. ft. warehouse leased by Syngenta Seeds, Inc., that will occupy six acres and have the ability to hold a half a million units of seed corn. “The Aurora West project, with its contemporary and multi-dimensional uses, has the possibility of becoming the cornerstone for a visionary, ag-bio research and development campus that Congressman Tom Osborne has supported for years,” Hohwieler added. “Dr. Osborne introduced the strategy at our 2006 Annual Meeting, and now this idea has a potential, future home in Aurora.” Total value of the multiplex could exceed a quarter of a billion dollars.
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