In California, Pacific Ethanol has begun commercial production of corn oil utilizing Valicor’s corn oil recovery system at its Columbia ethanol plant located in Boardman, Oregon. With the completion of this 2-year initiative, all four of the western Pacific Ethanol plants are now producing corn oil.
In May, Pacific Ethanol began commercial production of corn oil utilizing Valicor’s proprietary VFRAC corn oil recovery system at its Madera, California plant. Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, stated: “With the production of distillers corn oil at our Columbia plant, all of our ethanol facilities separate corn oil for sale into high-value markets. Corn oil production has been a major milestone for the company, and one that we expect to provide significant benefits as it broadens our co-product mix, further diversifies our revenue streams and enhances operating income.”