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Argus Biofuels & Feedstocks 2016
October 18-20, 2016 - London UK


Pennsylvania plant nears completion

The hiring process has commenced at the 110 MMgy Bionol Clearfield LLC corn-based ethanol facility near Clearfield, Penn., and company officials said the plant is on-track to begin producing ethanol in January 2010. The plant will be the first commercial-scale plant to be located in Pennsylvania and will provide the local community with stable jobs as well as allow the company easy access to East Coast blending terminals, according to the company's capital projects senior director, Tom Hoole. He said that most U.S. production facilities, which are clustered around the Corn Belt, may be surrounded by feedstock but they also have steep competition and must ship much of their end product over long distances.READ MORE

Osage, Perdue develop barley feedstock market

Osage Bio Energy, which is constructing a 65 MMgy barley-based ethanol production facility in Hopewell, Va., has partnered with Perdue AgriBusiness to develop a local barley contracting program to supply its plant with feedstock. The plant will be the first of its kind on the East Coast and will consume up to 30 million bushels of winter barley annually. Perdue will be responsible for signing up acres for the contract program, as well as managing and maintaining the contracts.READ MORE

River Valley Energy purchases VeraSun plant

River Valley Energy LLC is purchasing the former VeraSun Energy Corp. Dyersville, Iowa, ethanol production facility. AgStar Financial Services' lending group acquired the plant through VeraSun Energy Corp.'s bankruptcy in March and announced its sale to River Valley Energy on Aug. 5. The sale between AgStar and River Valley Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Beaver Dam, Wis.-based United Co-Op is expected to close by Sept. 1. A binding purchase agreement has been signed, but River Valley Energy said details are not being disclosed at this time.READ MORE

USDA projects second largest corn crop in history

In its Aug. 12 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report, the USDA projected 2009-'10 corn production at 12.8 billion bushels, up 471 million bushels due to higher forecast yields that more than offset a small reduction in harvested areas reported in the June 30 USDA Acreage Report. U.S. corn supplies are projected at a record 14.5 billion bushels, up 134 million from the previous record in 2007-08.READ MORE

UL develops certification for ethanol blend dispensers

Underwriters Laboratories, a world leader in product safety testing services, recently announced a new certification path for fuel dispensers for midlevel ethanol blends up to E25. With the new certification path, UL 87A-E25, those entities involved in the manufacture of dispensers, assemblies and components now have three certification options to choose from in testing their products that are designed to dispense ethanol-blended fuels. According to UL, the availability of these three options will provide maximum flexibility as advances are made in the fuel industry. UL's safety standards and requirements are changed, added or retired as global safety needs advance. As such, the new midlevel certification path was proactively developed and presented at a July 16 meeting of dispenser and component manufacturers. That meeting addressed the fuel dispensing market and potential market developments.READ MORE

Peer review of RFS2 life-cycle analysis complete

The U.S. EPA recently announced that the peer review of the life cycle analysis component of the second stage of the renewable fuels standard (RFS2) is complete. The peer review documents are now available on the EPA Web site. According to the EPA, the agency decided to initiate this independent peer review in an effort to respond to stakeholder concerns, and to ensure that the agency makes decisions based on the best available science.READ MORE
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