GTL reopens Illinois ethanol plant

By Megan Skauge | March 05, 2009
Web exclusive posted March 6, 2009, at 2:14 p.m. CST

GTL Resources PLC announced Feb. 24 that it has reopened its ethanol plant, Illinois River Energy LLC in Rochelle, Ill. GTL, a U.S.-based renewable fuels company had temporarily shut down plant operations at IRE due to structural damage in the corn receiving area. The cause of the damage has not been determined.

According to GTL, structural supports have been installed temporarily to allow IRE operations to safely resume. The plant is operating at 50 MMgy, with plans to increase back up to its nameplate capacity of 100 MMgy.

GTL said that the company's management is in the process of investigating the cause of the damage and developing a permanent solution.