Work to Start on Rice Hulls-to-Fuel Plant

STUTTGART, AR - Work is to begin later this month on an $80 million plant in Stuttgart that is to convert rice products to ethanol.  The plant is to employ about 200 people.

The plant will use rice hulls and rice straws to produce ethanol and commercial silica.  Colusa Biomass CEO Tom Bowers says a smaller version of the plant will be built over the coming four months.  The company will use the smaller plant to fine tune the production process, then build the full-scale plant, which is to be in production by late 2009.

Construction of the full-scale plant is to begin in December.

The full-scale plant is designed to produce 12.5 million gallons of fuel ethanol and 152,000 tons of silica/sodium oxide annually.

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