Three Ethanol Plants Break Ground in Eight Days in June

Broin, ICM, Lurgi Building Plants in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska
By | July 01, 2003
Testament to the amazing growth of the ethanol industry, three major dry-mill ethanol plants broke ground last month in less than eight days.

The first project broke ground June 12, near Ashton, Iowa, where Otter Creek Ethanol, LLC began construction. The plant will process nearly 16 million bushels of corn into 45-mmgy and 135,000 tons of Dakota Gold Plus DDGS annually. The plant is expected to employ approximately 40 people. The plant is being built by Broin Companies of Sioux Falls, S.D..

"Otter Creek makes sense for the environment, for our nation's energy security as well as farmers, taxpayers and consumers. It will provide new highly technical jobs for the region and through its operations will contribute millions of dollars to the local economy," Jeff Broin, CEO of the Broin Companies, said in a Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) news release.

A day later, the farmer-owners of Central Illinois Energy Cooperative (CIE) began construction on their ethanol plant near Canton, Illinois.

The Central Illinois Energy Cooperative plant will process nearly 11 million bushels of corn into 30-mmgy gallons of ethanol and 96,000 tons of DDGS annually. The plant is expected to employ approximately 35 people.

The plant is being designed and built by Lurgi PSI, Inc. of Memphis, Tenn.

"We are very excited about starting final engineering and construction work on the Central Illinois Energy plant. Using ICM technology, the plant will be an efficient and reliable facility that will bring great economic benefit to the area," stated Dick Price, Lurgi PSI's project manager.

Capping off an amazing eight-day stretch for the ethanol industry, Trenton Agri Products, LLC began construction on its ethanol plant near Trenton, Neb., June 19.

Berexco, Inc. of Wichita, Kansas, an oil and gas production company, is managing partner of Trenton Agri Products, LLC. The plant will process nearly 11 million bushels of corn into 30-mmgy and 96,000 tons of DDGS.

The plant is being designed and built by ICM, Inc. of Colwich, KS. "We are pleased to be partnering with significant players in the oil and gas production industry," said Jeff Roskam, ICM's senior vice president. "Together with Berexco, their partners, employees and the Trenton community, we are building a state-of-the-art plant to maximize the unique attributes of this area in order to produce ethanol more cost-effectively. One potential benefit, the life of area oil wells can be extended by using the ethanol plant's CO2 for tertiary oil recovery when economical." EP