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Friday, June 10, 2011

Ethanol plant takes next step by moving to isobutanol

AgriNews (Minnesota, Northern Iowa)
By Janet Kubat Willette
Date Modified: 06/09/2011 8:35 AM

LUVERNE, Minn. — Ground was broken May 31 for the world's first commercial-scale isobutanol plant.

Construction is expected to start at Gevo Luverne in late June or early July, as soon as the water permit is issued, said Patrick Gruber, Gevo chief executive officer. The retrofit will add equipment and a new shed to the former Agri Energy ethanol plant.

Agri Energy was sold to Gevo in September 2010, said David Kolsrud, a founding member of the ethanol plant and president of DAK Renewable Energy.

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