Spanish Company Plans on SW Kansas Ethanol Plant

By: AP
By: AP

HUGOTON, Kan. (AP) _ A Spanish company that a year ago chose Kansas as the site for the first U.S. plant to turn crop residue into ethanol is still working on those plans.

Abengoa Bioenergy announced in 2007 that it would build a 300 million-dollar celluostic plant in Hugoton. The project would include a corn-to-ethanol plant, which will provide farmers with more profit without more crop production.

Tom Robb is Abengoa's manager of co-product development. In announcing the company's latest plans at a series of recent meetings, he has tried to convince farmers to contract land with the company.

Seward County farmer Theron Walker said he likes the idea of ``a second income on the same crop.''

The project will provide an influx of 500 workers during a two-year construction phase.

About 170 plants churn out corn-based ethanol. But few produce it from crop residue, a somewhat new territory that Abengoa is trekking.

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