US agribusiness The Andersons Inc (NASDAQ:ANDE) and biofuels process technology provider ICM Inc have formed a joint venture that will build and operate an ethanol plant in Kansas, the two US companies announced in separate statements in March.

The biorefinery, to be located adjacent to ICM's headquarters in Colwich, will have annual capacity of 70 million gallons (265 million litres). The first phase of start-up is planned for the spring of 2019, with the plant expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019.

The facility is designed to be the most efficient dry mill ethanol plant in the US, the agribusiness said. It will feature heat and power generation from waste wood, high protein distillers dried grains (DDGs), cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber and advanced corn oil production.

The joint venture's ethanol output will be sold mainly in California under the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

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