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Biofuels Plant Receives State Air Quality Permit

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 5:53am
the Associated Press

HUGOTON, Kan. (AP) — A company that plans to convert switch grass into biofuels has received a state air quality permit to build a large cellulosic ethanol plant in southwest Kansas.

The Garden City Telegram (http://bit.ly/n3bb33) reports Abengoa Bioenergy received the permit Friday for a $550 million plant in Hugoton that will produce more than 23 million gallons of fuel a year. Sixty-five people are expected to work at the plant, which is billed as the nation's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol operation.

The company says construction is expected to take about two years and the facility will have an annual payroll of nearly $5 million.

The Spain-based bioenergy refinery company says the abundance of resources in the area makes Hugoton an ideal location for the plant.

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Information from: The Garden City Telegram, http://www.gctelegram.com.

 

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