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Sutton takes its turn in ethanol spotlight

 

It’s come to seem almost like a Rolling Stones concert tour — another city, another cheering throng. But the star of this show is ethanol. And Sutton, a town of about 1,400 80 miles southwest of Lincoln, got its turn in the spotlight Thursday as the chosen location for a new ethanol plant, reports this morning’s Lincoln Journal Star.

About as quickly as community leaders and officials from Chicago-based American Ethanol finished with groundbreaking ceremonies, heavy equipment took over the serious dirt-moving work on a 115-million-gallon plant with an estimated dollar value of $150 million.

 

Construction at the site, about 8 miles west of Sutton near the intersection of U.S. 6 and Nebraska 14, is expected to take 18 months. The facility will be served electrically by South Central Public Power District.

 

Tim Morris, based in Lincoln’s Haymarket as chief executive officer for American Ethanol’s regional headquarters, said the ethanol building boom is a sign of permanent change in the corn market.

 

“It used to be food and feed,” Morris said. “We’re headed toward food, feed and energy.”

 

American Ethanol is also headed toward a substantial presence in Nebraska. Andy Foster of the Chicago office said work should begin on a sister plant of similar size at Wahoo this year or early next year.

 

The company also has options on land that its management wants to use for three more plants at Grand Island, Red Cloud and Tekamah, and has started the permitting process on those with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

 

Todd Sneller of the Nebraska Ethanol Board said the latest overall count on the state’s ethanol presence includes 12 operating plants, six of which have embarked on expansions, 10 more plants with steel in the air, and more than 30, including Sutton, at an earlier stage of development.

 

Carleton, south of York near the Kansas border and a company called ALTRA Nebraska await their turn next week. Groundbreaking on a 100-million-gallon plant there is scheduled for Thursday.

 

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Wallace ethanol plant announced

 

A Dallas company announced plans yesterday to build an ethanol plant near Wallace in central Nebraska, reports this morning’s issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Panda Ethanol, Inc. said it intends to build the plant in Lincoln County to produce up to 100 million gallons of ethanol a year.

There are currently 12 ethanol plants operating in the state, the article said, and 10 more being built. An additional 30 are known by the Nebraska Ethanol Board to be under consideration. According to the World-Herald, if all the proposed plants were built and those in operation continued to produce ethanol, Nebraska would move from third to first in the nation in ethanol production.

 

The 52 plants would produce 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol annually. They would also consume 1.4 billion bushels of corn – about 180 million bushels more than Nebraska farmers expect to harvest in 2006. Many of the ethanol plants now in the planning stage are expected to drop by the wayside, the article states.

 

 

 

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Central Bio-Energy Invests $500 Million to Build Three Ethanol Plants in Nebraska

 

Central Bio-Energy, LLC, a Nebraska-based firm, announced yesterday that it plans to invest more than $500 million to build three 100 million-gallon-per-year ethanol plants in Seward, Howard and Chase counties in Nebraska. The plants will employ 150 full-time staff, with combined annual payroll in excess of $6 million. This investment will make CBE one of the leading ethanol producers in Nebraska, officials said. Projected annual revenues, when all three plants are operational, will approach $600 million.

 

Construction of the first plant near St. Paul in Howard County is scheduled to begin later this year, Petersen said, and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2008. The second plant, scheduled to begin construction in the spring of 2007, will be built near Utica in Seward County and is expected to be operational by the summer of 2008. The third plant, to be built near Imperial in Chase County, will break ground in the spring of 2007 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2008.

 

 

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