Tharaldson Ethanol LLC will be awarded $341,000 in federal funding for the expansion of its Tharaldson Ethanol Plant in Casselton, North Dakota. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program, which works to help farmer, ranchers, and rural businesses implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
The announcement was made Aug. 16 by Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven.
“North Dakotans understand what it means to implement a true all-of-the-above energy strategy,” said Heitkamp in a statement. “In North Dakota, we have wind, coal, natural gas, and biofuels among other sources that support good-paying jobs, create affordable energy, and keep our nation moving. This federal funding will support the expansion of the ethanol plant in Casselton that produces the fuels to meet our energy demands.”
According to Agweek, the Tharaldson plant plans a $3.4 million dollar expansion that includes the addition of a new fermenter and cooling tower. An April Inforum article reported the plant marked its 1 billionth gallon of fuel ethanol production, and plans to increase annual production, prompting the need for investment in expansion.
The plant currently ranks as the sixth highest producing ethanol plant in the United States, requiring 54 million bushels of corn annually. It produces over 150 million gallons of ethanol and about 450,000 tons of dried distiller’s grain each year.
The plant was built in 2008 by hotel magnate and North Dakota native Gary Tharaldson.