American company Green Plains buys idled ethanol plant

American Green Plains Inc has bought an ethanol plant from FutureFuels. The facility is located in Hopewell, Virginia, and it was idled in August by Vireol Bio Energy LLC because it could not make enough profit…

Green Plains Inc has paid $18.25 million for the ethanol plant, the latest in a string of consolidations as vast supplies and low crude oil prices squeeze industry profits.

The goal is to  increase its annual production capacity  from 62 million gallons to nearly 1.1 billion gallons per year.

To achieve this goal, the company announced it will make several  capital investments before restarting the plant to increase its operational efficiency and production volume. The company plans to spend another US$6 or US$ 7 million for a corn oil extractor and other improvements at the plant.

Production is expected to resume by the end of the year. When the plant is fully operational, Green Plains expects to offer the Hopewell plant’s transportation and storage assets to its master limited partnership, Green Plains Partners LP.



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