Just two short months after unveiling plans to build a plant that will produce110 million gallons of ethanol annually in Fairmont, Minn., BioFuels Solutions has announced that it will build a second, nearly identical plant in Wood River, Neb., about 100 miles west of Lincoln.

Like the proposed Minnesota site, the WoodRiver plant would have an exclusive relationship with Cargill for certain services. The plant would source corn – about 41 million bushels annually – from the Cargill elevator located adjacent to it. Cargill also will market and distribute the plant’s output, which, in addition to ethanol, would include more than 375,000 tons of dried distillers grain a year for animal feed.

Biofuel Solutions is finalizing its plans and expects to make the investment in part based on nearby railway and highway systems and strong community support. The company is working with the City of Wood River to confirm that the proposed plant meets all required environmental ordinances, state and federal laws. All environmental permits required for construction have been filed and are pending approval from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. The Delta-T/TIC Alliance, which is building the Midwest Grains Processors facility in Riga, Mich., will also build the Fairmont and Woodriver facilities. Biofuel Solutions expects to begin construction during first quarter 2006.

Beyond creating demand for up to 41 million bushels of corn, the plant is expected to create approximately 50 full-time jobs.

Porkmag.com, Cargill  News Release