NAES selected to operate advanced ethanol plant in North Dakota

By NAES Corp. | September 20, 2018

NAES Corp. has been selected by owner BioMass Solution LLC to operate and maintain Red River Biorefinery in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The next-generation facility is designed to produce 16.5 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol per year from sugar beet tailings, potato wastes and other organic byproducts. The owner recently achieved financial close for the plant and has issued full notice to proceed with construction activities. Commercial operations are scheduled for late 2019.

"NAES has built a reputation for delivering a standard of O&M practices that can help us realize our mission—which is to develop a best-in-class fleet of renewable energy plants that make profitable, environmentally beneficial use of problematic waste streams," said Keshav Rajpal, principal at BioMass Solution. "Red River will not only solve an environmental problem but create well-paying local jobs and contribute significantly to the Grand Forks tax base."

Dan Consie, NAES senior vice president of power services, added, "We are excited to take on the operation and maintenance of this facility for BioMass Solution. We have established a responsive partnering relationship with their team and have mutually developed an operating plan that will more than meet their specific performance and commercial goals."

Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, BioMass Solution's mission is to acquire, develop, operate and manage renewable energy facilities in North America that bring financially and environmentally sustainable solutions to undervalued and problematic waste. The company solves an environmental problem while producing renewable energy, creating jobs, contributing to the local tax base and generating strong financial returns.

NAES is an independent services company dedicated to delivering value to facilities across the power generation, oil & gas, petrochemical, pulp & paper and manufacturing industries. NAES draws on its deep experience in operations, maintenance, fabrication, construction, engineering and technical support to build, repair and operate plants that run safely, reliably and cost-effectively. The NAES family of companies includes Greenberry Industrial, Olsson Industrial Electric, NAES Power Contractors, E3 Consulting, PurEnergy and Gridforce Energy Management.

NAES is a wholly owned subsidiary of ItochuCorp. With operations in over 80 countries covering a broad range of industries, Itochu ranks among the world's largest corporations.