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Sterling Ethanol LLC Begins Construction in Colorado

Date Posted: May 11, 2005

Washington, DC-–The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) congratulated Sterling Ethanol, LLC for beginning construction on its ethanol plant near Sterling, CO.

The plant will process over 15 million bushels of corn into 42 million gallons of ethanol annually.

Sterling Ethanol also plans to capture 120,000 tons of CO2 and 352,000 tons of wet distillers grains for use in local feedlots.

“The RFA congratulates Sterling Ethanol as it begins construction on Colorado’s first ethanol plant,” said RFA President Bob Dinneen.

“This plant will be a showcase for the synergies between ethanol production and the livestock industries.”

The plant’s general contractor is ICM, Inc. of Colwich, KS.

ICM is also providing the process design. Plans call for a co-generation steam turbine to provide 60% of the plant’s electrical needs and for corn oil to be separated from the wet grains as an additional valuable co-product.

“This is a great fit for Sterling and Eastern Colorado.

"The plant will be a great asset to the local corn farmers and the cattle feeders in the area,” says David Kramer, general manager of Sterling Ethanol.

Currently, 85 ethanol plants nationwide have the capacity to produce over 3.8 billion gallons annually.

There are 16 ethanol plants and two major expansions under construction with a combined annual capacity of over 780 million gallons.

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