GREEN Plains Renewable Energy Inc. announced that BlendStar LLC, its wholly owned subsidiary, has completed construction and started operations at its 96-car unit train terminal in Birmingham, Ala.
The new terminal is served by the BNSF Railway and has a throughput capacity of 300 million gal. of ethanol annually.
"We are pleased to announce the start-up of operations at the Birmingham terminal, which will provide more efficient distribution of ethanol to underserved markets in the southeastern U.S.," Green Plains president and chief executive officer Todd Becker said. "We have unloaded the first unit train of ethanol and expect the terminal to be at full capacity in January 2013. This facility expands our geographic footprint consistent with our strategy to expand our downstream distribution capabilities."
The Birmingham terminal currently has 160,000 barrels of storage and a four-lane covered truck rack, both with expansion capabilities.
Green Plains, North America's fourth-largest ethanol producer, markets and distributes approximately 1 billion gal. of renewable motor fuel annually. It owns and operates grain storage assets in the Corn Belt and biofuel terminals in the southern U.S.
Green Plains also is a joint venture partner in BioProcess Algae LLC, which was formed to commercialize advanced photo-bioreactor technologies for growing and harvesting algal biomass.