Three Rivers Energy signs Enogen corn commercial agreement

By Holly Jessen | November 07, 2013

A newly restarted ethanol plant in ethanol plant in Coshocton, Ohio, is the latest to sign a commercial agreement to use Syngenta’s Enogen corn. Three Rivers Energy LLC, which is now fully commissioned and running at full capacity after sitting idle for years, is operated by Lakeview Energy LLC.

A sister facility, 50 MMgy Plymouth Energy LLC in Merrill, Iowa, signed a commercial agreement with Syngenta in the fall of 2012. The company recently received the first of its Enogen corn and plans to start grinding it next week, Jim Galvin, CEO of Lakeview Energy told Ethanol Producer Magazine.

It’s an exciting time and the company is looking forward to seeing how the corn, which is bioengineered to express alpha amylase enzyme, performs at its facilities. Based on how the corn has performed at other ethanol plants, Lakeview Energy expects to see a variety of positive developments. “We see improvements in efficiencies of how our plant works,” he said. “We see less energy, gas and water usage for production of biofuel and coproducts along with improvements in throughput efficiencies. 

A total of five ethanol plants have now signed commercial agreements to use Syngenta’s Enogen corn at their facilities.  The list started with Quad County Corn Processors in 2011. Bonanza BioEnergy LLC came on board in 2012 with Plymouth Energy. At the end of October, Arkalon Ethanol LLC, a sister plant to Bonanza BioEnergy, also signed up. 

“We are thrilled to announce this agreement with Three Rivers Energy, as we extend our Enogen corn geography into Ohio, demonstrating the growing acceptance of Enogen technology and the value it is creating for ethanol plants, farmers and local communities,” said David Witherspoon, head of renewable fuels for Syngenta, in a prepared statement. “We believe Enogen corn will help Three Rivers Energy increase its operational efficiency, provide farmers with additional revenue and support local economic development.”

Three Rivers Energy is now recruiting corn farmers to grow Enogen corn next year. Growers contracted to produce the corn will be paid an average of 40 cents more per bushel than regular corn, which Galvin points out is a 10 percent premium in today’s market prices. “We like that we can purchase our alpha amylase in the form of high quality grain directly from farmers here in our community,” he said.