The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) recently congratulated Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation for beginning a 15 million gallon per year expansion to its ethanol plant in Portales, New Mexico.

Financing for the expansion is being provided through Industrial Revenue Bonds approved and issued by the city of Portales, and when completed, the plant will process over 11 million bushels of grain sorghum into 30 million gallons of ethanol and approximately 90,000 tons of distillers grains annually.

“The RFA congratulates Abengoa Bioenergy on their major expansion,” RFA President Bob Dinneen stated. “Expanding the Portales ethanol plant will expand the positive economic impact on New Mexico. This is a great example of a successful ethanol plant outside the ‘Corn Belt.’ With increasing ethanol demand, we may see more projects like it in the future.”