Cargill adds 110-million-gallon ethanol plant
Cargill plans a new 110-million-gallon-per-year
ethanol plant at its Blair, Nebraska, corn-processing complex.
The plant would more than double the Blair facility’s ethanol
capacity from its current 85-million-gallons per year. It would
raise Cargill’s total annual United States production capacity
to 230 million gallons, making it the nation’s second-largest
ethanol producer. Combined with agreements with independent producers,
Cargill expects to have the ability to supply more than 750 million
Pending permitting and incentive
approvals, construction will begin in spring 2006 with production
commencing in late 2007. Cargill expects to hire 30 to 50 additional
full-time employees for the facility’s operation.
Beyond its own production, Cargill
has developed a comprehensive package of services and tools to
help independent ethanol producers manage, protect and grow their
ethanol businesses. These services include capital financing,
grain origination and grain and energy risk management, and marketing
of ethanol and distillers grains.