ICM announces startup of ACA Bio ethanol plant in Argentina

By ICM Inc. | August 13, 2014

ICM Inc. is pleased to announce the successful start-up and commissioning of the dry-mill corn ethanol plant designed for ACA Bio Cooperative Limitada (ACA Bio). The plant is located in Villa Maria, which is in the central province of Cordoba, Argentina.

The ethanol plant met or exceeded all performance guarantees during the testing period, which included exceeding the nameplate production capacity of 400 cubic meters per day. This project will contribute economically to the region by providing an alternative use of corn in the area. The plant’s production of animal feed will benefit the well-developed feedlot and dairy industries.

The construction of the plant and equipment installation was completed in February. ICM supplied the process equipment and components for the ethanol plant. ICM also provided on-site representation throughout the build and installation process, as well as guided ACA Bio through the startup, commissioning and training processes.

Dave VanderGriend, CEO of ICM, said, “We are thrilled to see the successful start-up and the completion of our first project in Argentina. We look forward to further developing our partnership and collaboration with ACA Bio by providing our expertise, services and process technologies to help advance their success and contribution to the advancement of the local renewable energy industry.

“ICM fulfilled all of our expectations. They provided the engineering documents and the process equipment on time and their technical group always helped our people to complete the erection properly. During the start -up and training period, we felt very well supported. Looking back over the past two years, we can only say thank you to ICM for your help and friendship,” said Santiago Acquaroli, plant manager at ACA Bio.

“If any company comes to Argentina trying to be successful in this type of project, it must have the spirit of full collaboration with their customer like ICM had. Many times ICM went further than the scope required and we appreciate it a lot. Since the beginning we realize that we have in ICM a dependable partner and for this reason we will continue doing business with them,” said Julian Echazarreta, deputy general manager at ACA.