Cattle manure to fuel new ethanol plant in Texas
Dallas, TX— Panda Energy
and Lurgi PSI announced that they have reached an agreement for
Lurgi to build Panda’s 100 million gallon fuel ethanol plant
in Hereford, Texas. Construction on the $120 million facility
should begin in December 2005 and be completed by December 2006.
Once in operation, the plant will be the largest biomass powered
fuel ethanol refinery in the United States. The facility will
convert one billion pounds of cattle manure into a clean burning
bio-gas that will be used to power the plant’s operation.
By using bio-gas instead of natural gas the facility will save
the equivalent of 1,000 barrels of oil per day, which will make
it the most efficient refinery in the United States.
This is another major milestone
for Panda’s Hereford project. In October Panda announced
it had received an air permit for the facility from the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality. The permit was the first
issued in Texas for an ethanol plant under the state’s New
Source Review requirements. Panda recently announced it was building
manure powered ethanol plants in Yuma, Colorado and Haskell County,
Kansas. The Company has five other fuel ethanol refineries under
Panda’s Hereford ethanol
plant will help reduce imports of foreign oil, protect the environment
and save natural resources. The United States imports about 60%
of the crude oil it refines. The Hereford plant will replace 2.4
million barrels of imported gasoline each year. Since 1978 every
automobile produced for use in the United States can run on a
10% fuel ethanol blended gasoline, (E10), which reduces harmful
carbon monoxide emissions by 25%. Automotive manufacturers are
now producing cars and trucks that use a blend of 85% ethanol
with gasoline (E85). When using E85, harmful emissions of carbon
monoxide are reduced by 40%.