Texans close in on first ethanol plant

Assessment could determine location of 40 mmgy plant
By | December 01, 2002
A coalition of Central Texas grain farmers is pushing forward with a plan to build a 40 mmgy ethanol plant.

Central Texas Ag Development, the group exploring the project, announced this month it has commissioned a feasibility study for the proposed $55 million plant. The group, which includes farmers from 10 Central Texas counties, has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to partially fund the study.

The study, which is essentially a site assesment, will determine where the plant should be built. While it may end up in Brazos County or nearby, a spokesperson for the group said the exact location is relatively unimportant to the farmers because the plant would pay transport costs and equal prices for their grain.

Of course, the facility would have to be built near a rail line and utilities, including water and natural gas. There is a good possibility that the plant would utilize both corn and milo as feedstocks for production.