In Kansas, ICM Inc. announced the successful startup and commissioning of Brazil’s first standalone dry-mill corn ethanol plant. The plant is FS Bioenergia, a joint venture between U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group and Fiagril Ltda of Brazil.
The ICM-designed ethanol plant is located in the middle of Mato Grosso, Brazil’s Corn Belt, near the city of Lucas de Rio Verde, enabling the region to benefit from the alternative use of local corn production. The plant has the ability to produce feed products purposely manufactured from distillers grains, such as high fiber product and a high protein product. These specifications bring significant product value. The ethanol will primarily provide supply to the country’s domestic markets, which will offset the country’s increasing demand for biofuels.