Verbio Starts Construction on South Bend Plant Conversion
5/23 1:23 PM
Verbio Starts Construction on South Bend Plant Conversion OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) --- Verbio has started construction to convert its South Bend ethanol plant into the second integrated biorefinery plant in North America. The RNG produced at Verbo South Bend will be fed to the regional natural gas grid and support the needs of industrial commercial uses. Verbio acquired the plant in May 2023 from Mercuria Investments and announced an estimated total investment plan of $230 million. Commercial production is expected to begin in 2026. The facility will incorporate both the production of renewable natural gas and bioethanol using an innovative production approach. The company, a subsidiary of Europe's leading biofuels and bioenergy producer Verbio SE, received approval for its expansion proposal from the City of South Bend in April. Following the application of Verbio technology and commissioning, Verbio targets a production capacity of at least 85 million gallons of corn ethanol and 2.8 billion cubic feet of RNG annually. In this first phase of upgrading the South Bend plant over the next six months, Verbio will build the foundations for eight new anaerobic digester tanks. Major construction planned for the second phase includes the erection of an additional eight digesters, related pipeline and wiring, the construction of several new buildings and the addition of miscellaneous process equipment. (c) Copyright 2024 DTN, LLC. All rights reserved.
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