Siouxland Ethanol begins $8.5 million expansion project

By Ann Bailey | July 19, 2016

Construction is under way on a $8.5 million expansion at Siouxland Ethanol in Jackson, Nebraska. The plant produces corn and distillers grain in addition to its main product, ethanol.

Construction to add two fermenters to the ethanol plant in northeast Nebraska began July 18. The addition of the two fermenters will bring the ethanol plant’s total to six. Work also is under way to add capacity to the ethanol plant’s cooling towers, said Pam Miller, Siouxland Ethanol board chair and director of industry and investor relations.

Siouxland Ethanol, which was built in 2005 and 2006, began processing in 2007. It initially had a nameplate capacity of 50 million gallons, Miller said. The capacity has expanded since then to 68 to 70 million gallons. The two fermenters are expected to increase the ethanol production capacity of the plant by an additional 15 percent, Miller said.

Siouxland Ethanol processes 20 million bushels of corn annually from farmers in a 50-mile radius of Jackson, Miller said. With the expansion, the plant is expected to process 15 to 20 percent more corn.

Construction on the plant is expected to be completed by late December, Miller said