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Council Bluffs breaks ground on new corn oil frac facility

By Staff | Sep 14, 2014

COUNCIL?BLUFFS – Corn Oil ONE announced on Monday a major step toward the further processing of distillers corn oil by breaking ground on its new oil frac facility expected to be completed in early 2015.

This facility will be among the first to purify constituents out of distiller’s corn oil by a new patent-pending process.

This novel plant co-located with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC, separates high value co-products and yields a cleaner back-end corn oil for industrial uses.

“This purified product improves the efficiency, efficacy and economics of biodiesel and oleo-chemical production by eliminating the need for capital intensive pretreatment steps,” said Joe Riley, general manager of Corn Oil ONE. “SIRE has been a great partner for us.

“Their forward-thinking approach on the future of distillers corn oil is what has made this ground breaking a reality.”

According to Riley, the Corn Oil ONE product is drawing interest from animal feed manufacturers and biobased industrial manufacturers.

Brian Cahill, president and chief executive officer of SIRE, said his company “is very pleased to be a part of this project with Corn Oil ONE and ICM.

“We see this as an opportunity to add value to our corn oil operation and expand our customer base.”

ICM Inc. of Colwich, Kan., is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project.

“ICM is excited about this project and its ability to transform distiller’s corn oil,” said Chris Mitchell, president of ICM. “We look forward to being involved as this technology expands.”

Biodiesel impact

The Corn Oil ONE product will increase the use of distiller’s corn oil in biodiesel production by eliminating the need for pretreatment systems. Roughly 142 million gallons of distiller’s corn oil is used to produce biodiesel.

New co-products

The new plant will be isolating and removing high-value constituents for use in bio-chemicals, oleo-chemicals, feed, life sciences and fuel.

Future Plans

Expected plans call for additional oil frac facilities co-located with large ethanol producers across the country.

About Corn Oil ONE

Corn Oil ONE is a start-up company bringing new technologies and products to market to add value to the biofuels, life sciences, oleo chemicals and feed industries. The company is committed to delivering sustainable solutions that improve the profitability, efficiency and efficacy of biofuels production to reduce the environmental impact of fuel production.

About ICM

Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kan., ICM, Inc. provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy, including food and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technology to 102 facilities with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.8 billion gallons of annual ethanol production, ICM has become a world leader in biorefining technology. The full-service provider also offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make biofuels production more efficient and more profitable. ICM is further upholding its responsibility as an industry leader by heavily investing in the continued advancement of renewable energy technologies. In an effort to speed that advance, ICM has been conducting research and testing at its state-of-the-art research facility in St. Joseph, MO, in conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners spanning multiple industries. For more information, please visit www.icminc.com.

About SIRE

SIRE is located on 275 acres in Council Bluffs, Iowa, operating a 125 million gallon per year ethanol plant. SIRE began producing ethanol in February, 2009 and sells its ethanol, distillers grains, corn syrup and corn oil in the continental United States, Mexico and the Pacific Rim.

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