AGP starts biodiesel plant construction

By | April 01, 2006
The Ag Processing Inc. (AGP) board of directors announced plans for a new soy biodiesel plant in St. Joseph, Mo. The cooperative, which is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., plans to have the facility completed by fall of 2007. "We're already working on the site," said John Campbell, senior vice president of Industrial Products and Government Affairs.

The 28 MMgy biodiesel plant will employ about 24 people. It will be located adjacent to AGP's current soybean crushing plant and vegetable oil refinery, according to an AGP press release.

In 1996, AGP became the first company in the United States to build a purpose-built biodiesel plant, which is still in operation in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, the press release said. With the new plant in St. Joseph and expanded production planned at the Sergeant Bluff facility, AGP will have the capability to produce more than 55 MMgy of soy biodiesel.
The cooperative is also expanding its St. Joseph soy processing plant, increasing crush capacity by 60 percent to 120,000 bushels per day. When the multi-million dollar project is completed, the St. Joseph facility will be one of the largest AGP processing plants in the Midwest.
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