US company plans to build barley-to-ethanol plant in Virginia

13 July 2010 22:16  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US-based Osage Bio Products plans to build the country's first commercial-scale barley-to-ethanol plant, according to a statement released on Tuesday.

The Hopewell, Virgina-based Appomattox Bio Energy plant would produce 65m gal/year (246m litres/year) of ethanol and would start production in August, according to a press statement by Praxair, which would buy carbon dioxide that the plant would also produce.

The gas would be used in food freezing and processing as well as in beverages, Praxair said in the statement.

The cost of the plant was not disclosed.

Osage's process would also produce a high-quality barley protein meal for livestock.

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