Lurgi PSI will likely design, build North Dakota ethanol plant

By | April 01, 2002
Memphis, Tenn.-based Lurgi PSI is helping to develop plans for a third ethanol plant in North Dakota. The design-build firm will help the Dakota Renewable Fuels group choose a site, and design and build the $45 million ethanol facility, South Dakota consultant Steve Sershen told Ethanol Producer Magazine. Sershen's company, Val-Add Service Corp. of Chester, S.D., also is working to develop the project and find funding. He said no deadlines have been set for the site to picked.

The location will be critical to the project's success, with local corn prices, water quality, rail access and natural gas service all important factors. Thus far, Dakota Renewable Fuels has identified four possible locations for the plant, all roughly within the state's southeastern quadrant.

As planned, the plant would produce 30 mmgy. It would join two other N.D. ethanol factories, in Walhalla and Grafton, that together can producing 34 mmgy.