Osage to break ground on barley-based plant

By Susanne Retka Schill | September 08, 2008
Web exclusive posted Sept. 22, 2008 at 10:43 a.m. CST

Virginia may be getting its first ethanol plant in 2010 when Osage Bio Energy LLC's Appomattox Bio Energy facility is scheduled to begin production. Groundbreaking on the 65 MMgy ethanol plant in Hopewell, Va., is scheduled for Oct. 3. The facility will use barley as a feedstock.

Osage announced Sept. 18, it has received the air quality permit and contracted with Agra Industries Inc., Merrill, Wis., to serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor; Katzen International Inc. is providing the process technology for the barley-to-ethanol process.

Osage Bio Energy has named Donald Oldham as named general manager for Appomattox Bio Energy. Oldham most recently served as general manager for ASAlliances Biofuels 100 MMgy facility in Linden, Ind.

The ethanol produced at Appomattox will be marketed by Osage Bio Energy's sister company, Osage Inc., the largest independent distributor of fuel ethanol in the Southeast, with throughput approaching 200 MMgy, according to the company.

Osage Bio Energy will market the distillers grains coproduct as a high quality barley protein meal for animal feed. The company also plans to pelletize the barley hulls for use as fuel pellets, either for process heat in the ethanol plant, or as a green energy fuel for domestic or export markets.

Ethanol Producer Magazine recently discussed improvements in barley breeding and the development of improved enzymatic treatments that will be used by Osage Bio Energy. The feature story, "Beefing up Barley" is in the October issue of EPM.