Improved ethanol margins have stirred plant construction and expansion plans in South Dakota.
The Red River Energy plant in Rosholt, S.D., recently started up again, after being shut down for approximately 18 months, according to a report in Ethanol Producer.
The plant manager cited improved ethanol margins and the size of the 2014 corn crop as reasons why the company decided to restart the biorefinery..
Several improvements will be made at plant including increasing production capacity from 25 million gallons to 40 million gallons per year, adding 500,000 bushels of corn storage, increasing ethanol and distillers grain storage capacity and expanding the rail siding and distiller grains loading capabilities
A new ethanol plant is being proposed for Onida, S.D. The plant is expected to cost $100 million-$120 million, would process about 25 million bushels of corn per year and would produce about 70 million gallons of ethanol. The project organizers are looking for investors. Read more in the Capital Journal.
Sources: Ethanol Producer, Capital Journal