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Construction on $150 million biorefinery near Jamestown underway

Friday morning marks the next step in making a new biorefinery in North Dakota a reality. A groundbreaking celebration took place on the Dakota Spirit AgEnergy at the build site near Spiritwood and Jamestown, ND.

The 65 million-gallon-per-year Dakota Spirit AgEnergy biorefinery will be co-located next to the Spiritwood Station combined heat and power plant. The biorefinery will utilize steam from Spiritwood Station and corn to produce ethanol, distillers grains and fuel-grade corn oil.

The ethanol plant will cost about $150 million to build. Production is slated to begin in January 2015. The plant will employ about 36 people and will use about 23 million bushels of corn to produce about 65 million gallons of the alternative fuel each year.

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, along with other state officials, were there for the groundbreaking of the ethanol plant.

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