June 26, 2008
BioFuel Energy Begins Commercial Operations at Ethanol Plants
BioFuel Energy has started commercial operations at its two 115 million gallons per year ethanol plants in Wood River, Nebraska and Fairmont, Minnesota.
According to the company, both plants have recently begun production of ethanol. Both facilities were constructed adjacent to Cargill grain elevators that have been operating on the sites for several decades, and are also bordered by Union Pacific main rail lines.
When operating at nameplate capacity, the combined plants are expected to produce 230 million gallons of fuel grade ethanol and 720,000 tons of dried distillers grains, annually.
Cargill has contracted with BioFuel Energy to provide a number of services key to the core operational aspects of the business, including corn procurement, ethanol distribution and sales of distillers by-product.
Daniel Simon, executive vice president and COO of BioFuel Energy, said: "While we have just begun to produce ethanol, we will remain focused over the next 90 days on optimizing the production facilities to operate at nameplate capacity. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our construction and operations teams in reaching these significant milestones."