Aemetis Biofuel Facility Online in CA Producing Ethanol

Aemetis Inc., an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, says it is restarting production at its ethanol facility in Keyes, Calif., following the completion of ‘planned maintenance and preparations.’

The facility, which has a capacity of about 60 million gallons per year, will use corn as the principal feedstock, with grain sorghum or a feedstock blend used after startup to maximize operating income, the company says.

‘About $5 million of capital investment and new working capital has been invested since mid-January for maintenance and to enable the plant to produce advanced biofuel in a flexible configuration that enables the use of multiple feedstocks and energy sources,’ explains Eric McAfee, Aemetis' chairman and CEO.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved the use of grain sorghum feedstock along with biogas in a combined heat and power system to produce a fuel containing approximately 50% lower carbon content than gasoline.

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