Big River Resources expands capacity, acquires second project

By | June 01, 2006
Big River Resources LLC, an ethanol plant located in West Burlington, Iowa, is currently working on several projects, according to General Manager Jim Lieting.

First, the facility is expanding its nameplate capacity. A project to increase from 40 MMgy to 52 MMgy began in October and should be completed by the end of this year. The expansion project was about 60 percent completed at press time.

After that, the company has plans to increase capacity to 80 MMgy. The second expansion project was expected to start sometime in the "near term," but a specific completion date was not available. "The exact timing of that has not been defined," Lieting said.

In April, the company also announced plans to build Prairie Ethanol LLC, an ethanol plant in Galva, Ill. The project is currently in the permitting phase. Lieting will serve as general manager of both facilities. The plant will have a capacity of 100 MMgy, and 320,000 tons of distillers dried grains with solubles will be produced. A minimum of 36 million bushels of corn will be used per year. Big River Resources also has options to purchase an on-site 110-car unit train grain loading facility from Lincoln Land Rail LLC.

Big River Resources Holding Company LLC, an affiliate of Big River Resources, acquired Prairie Ethanol LLC, which was formed in May 2005. Members and managers of the group voted unanimously to become part of the Big River Resources organization. This project is not to be confused with the Prairie Ethanol LLC ethanol plant being built by Broin Companies in Loomis, S.D.