Hugoton project moves forward with Televent contract

By Holly Jessen | November 06, 2012

Abengoa Bioenergy has selected Telvent GIT S.A. to design, manufacture and program a distributive control system for its 25 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant under construction in Hugoton, Kan.—another sign that the project is steadily moving forward to completion.

The information technology and information provider company announced Nov. 5 that it was working with Abengoa. Telvent, which is part of Schneider Electric, will provide advanced simulation and technical support in a variety of areas, including developing a programing model and maximizing efficiency. “Telvent’s best-in-class services and solutions continue to help our customers implement the world’s most complex and demanding technologies,” said Telvent's Chairman and CEO, Ignacio Gonzalez, in a prepared statement. “Working on projects like this biomass plant furthers our commitment to the development of renewable energy sources.”

Construction is progressing at the facility in Hugoton, with virtually all equipment already ordered or on site, Chris Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa told Ethanol Producer Magazine. The Company is on track to wrap up construction by the end of 2013, with some ethanol production happening in 2013 and full production expected in early 2014.

Biomass harvesting is ongoing, with some stored onsite and the remainder in satellite storage areas. That includes 12,000 tons of corn stover harvested last fall and 12,000 tons of wheat straw harvested this summer. Harvest of another 40,000 tons of corn stover is currently under way, Standlee said.