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Pacific Ethanol to build second plant in California


Next month, Pacific Ethanol Inc. expects to begin building a 50 million-gallon-capacity ethanol plant in Calipatria, Calif. The company recently obtained all necessary permits to begin construction, which should conclude in early 2008.

The plant’s site is located on an existing American Grain Co. rail loop — which is served by Union Pacific Railroad — and near Interstate 8.

“Industry analysts project that California will consume over 900 million gallons of ethanol in 2007,” said Pacific Ethanol Chief Executive Officer Neil Koehler in a prepared statement.

The company currently operates a plant in Madera County, Calif., and retains a 42 percent interest in a Front Range Energy L.L.C. plant in Windsor, Colo., served by OmniTRAX Inc.’s Great Western Railway of Colorado L.L.C. Pacific Ethanol also is building a 50 million-gallon-capacity ethanol plant in Burley, Idaho — which will be served by Eastern Idaho Railroad and UP — and a plant in Boardman, Ore., to be served by UP.

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