Construction Begins on Ethanol Plant Near Spiritwood - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Construction Begins on Ethanol Plant Near Spiritwood


Construction is underway on a major under taking for the state of North Dakota.
Tonight we take you east, to the new ethanol plant being built in Spiritwood. 
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has details on what it means to the agriculture industry and the local community.

Trucks are rolling in.
Dirt is being moved. 
And construction is getting underway on this multi million dollar facility.
(Dave Schwartz / Stutsman County Commissioner) "It's economic development. It's job development. It's huge for the county. It's something that the county hasn't seen for quite some time. We have Cargill Malt right next door, the energy plant. This partners with it and it's something that has been a long time coming." 
Midwest Ag Energy is the owner of Blue Flint Ethanol in Underwood and the Dakota Spirit Ag Energy plant underway in Spiritwood.
The plants will be nearly identical.
Both capturing energy that's already being produced at the plant to make renewable fuels.
(Jeff Zueger / Midwest AgEnergy Group) "We are replicating that at Dakota Spirit Ag energy and that leads to lower production costs and that has been a strong model for us. It has been key to our core business approach at this facility. We are the same management team and we are going to go down and replicate that." 
(Sarah Gustin / "The ethanol plant will be right across the road from this common sight that you often see when driving down the interstate."
The plant location needs millions of bushels of corn to operate, making it a major market outlet for farmers.
Zueger says more than 100 million bushels of corn is being exported out of this supply area. 
(Jeff Zueger / Midwest AgEnergy Group) "The other strong thing about the Spiritwood area is there is a lot of corn production in that area. A lot of that corn is being exported at this time out of that area. So there's opportunity to process that corn right in that area and see the producers have a more favorable corn basis down there."
And Schwartz believes adding a facility of this size to the area will also add to the streets of Jamestown.
(Dave Schwartz / Stutsman County Commissioner) "Good jobs, high paying jobs. Main family jobs that can support a family. It's going to add housing to community." 
The plant is expected to be operating by early 2015.

Both Blue Flint Ethanol and the future Dakota Spirit Ag Energy have the capacity to produce roughly 65 million gallons of ethanol per year.


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