Flint Hills Resources LLC will invest more than USD 50 million (EUR 47m) in its ethanol plant in Fairmont, Nebraska to produce a high-protein feed ingredient.

The US refining, chemicals and biofuels company will install a new technology by Fluid Quip Process Technologies that will upgrade a portion of plant’s distillers grains into a high-protein animal and fish feed ingredient. The plant, which has an annual capacity of 120 million gallons (454 million litres) of ethanol, also produces 310,000 tons of distillers grains per year.

Construction on the upgrade project is expected to start in the spring and take about 12 months.

According to the announcement, this is one of the largest investments ever in co-product upgrading at a dry mill ethanol plant, with the move intended to help meet the growing need for protein in feed rations around the world.


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