Pacific Ethanol resumes production at California plant

04 January 2011 16:31  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Pacific Ethanol has resumed production at its Stockton plant in California, the US biofuels maker said on Tuesday, citing the start of California’s new low-carbon fuel standard this month.

The 60m gal/year unit was running near capacity, the company said, adding that the plant began to process feedstock on 9 December.

The facility was idled in February 2009 in the wake of the global financial crisis, which drove several US ethanol companies into bankruptcy, including Pacific Ethanol.

Pacific emerged from bankruptcy protection in June 2010.

Pacific Ethanol owns four bio-refineries in the US with a combined ethanol capacity of 220m gal/year.

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