Verbio Starts Expansion Work on Second Biorefinery in North America
05.24.2024 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

May 24, 2024 [Biofuels International]- Verbio has started work on converting its South Bend ethanol plant into a second integrated biorefinery in North America.

 

Members of Verbio management and public officials gathered to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for this next milestone.

The facility will incorporate both the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) and bioethanol using an innovative production approach.The company, a subsidiary of Europe`s leading biofuels and bioenergy producer Verbio SE, had received approval for its expansion proposal from the City of South Bend in April.

Following the application of the Verbio technology and commissioning, Verbio targets a production capacity of at least 85 million gallons of corn ethanol and 2.8 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of RNG annually.

South Bend Mayor James Mueller: “We are excited about Verbio’s expansion plans and their impact on our regional economy. As an industry leader in renewable natural gas production, Verbio will bring new life to the ethanol plant with cutting-edge green technology that will add to South Bend’s clean energy portfolio.”

In collaboration with the city, Verbio CEO, Claus Sauter, noted: “We look forward to creating meaningful employment opportunities for the citizens of South Bend and the surrounding area as the company expands its renewable energy footprint in the Midwest.”

In this first phase of upgrading the South Bend plant over the next 6 months, Verbio will build the foundations for eight new anaerobic digester (AD) tanks.

Major construction planned for the second phase includes the erection of an additional eight digesters, related piping and wiring, the construction of several new buildings and the addition of miscellaneous process equipment.
Commercial production of RNG is expected to begin in 2026.

 

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