November 11, 2008

Green Plains Announces First Grind at Ethanol Plant in Tennessee

Green Plains Renewable Energy has announced the first grind at its ethanol plant near Obion, Tennessee. Following first grind, the plant goes into a start-up phase where systems are tested, calibrated and commissioned.

The Obion facility, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of November 2008, is projected to produce an annual operating output of 110 million gallons of ethanol and 350,000 tons of distillers grains.

The facility is Green Plains's fourth ethanol plant, bringing total expected annual ethanol production capacity to 330 million gallons.

Todd Becker, president and COO of Green Plains Renewable Energy, said: "The Obion ethanol plant was strategically sited because of availability of corn locally and access to the Mississippi River transportation corridor. We are very proud of this facility, which offers significant opportunities for ethanol marketing in the Southeast."