Panda Energy announced Monday that it would build a 100 million gallon fuel ethanol plant in Haskell County, Kansas. The plant will use a billion pounds of cattle manure each year as a renewable fuel to power the plant's operations. The $120 million facility will refine US corn and milo into fuel ethanol that will be blended with gasoline.
The Haskell project is Panda's third fuel ethanol project announced this year. In May, Panda announced a 100 million gallon plant in Hereford, Texas and in August the company announced that its second facility would be built in Yuma, Colorado. The combined production of the three announced Panda fuel ethanol plants will replace 300 million gallons of imported gasoline annually.
These projects will use a total of three billion pounds of cattle manure a year as a renewable fuel. The manure is gasified and converted into a clean bio-gas used to power the plant. By utilizing bio-gas produced from manure instead of natural gas, each facility will save the equivalent of 1,000 barrels of oil per day.
"With the recent rise in gas prices and natural disasters impacting U.S. oil production, the need for the US to develop alternative fuel sources becomes even more critical. We must protect our future by moving away from foreign oil thereby creating new means to produce fuel domestically," states Todd Carter, President, Panda Development Group. "The ethanol produced by our Haskell facility will play a major roll in securing America's energy independence. By using manure instead of natural gas to power the plant, we conserve another of our country's depleting natural resources."