SSOE Group

Project Profile: Ethanol Facility Expansion

Value Promise: Reduced engineering schedule by 30%, saving GLE $60,000 a day.

Glacial Lakes Energy (GLE), a manufacturer of corn-based ethanol, underwent a capacity increase to more than double their existing capability. SSOE provided full engineering, design, procurement, fabrication, erection, and
commissioning support. SSOE coordinated with GLE, the contractor, and the process provider to successfully complete a fast-track, turnkey project which increased GLE’s existing ethanol production to 100 million gallons per year.

SSOE utilized staff in its Shanghai, China office to provide 24-hour project support, which reduced the engineering schedule by 30% and helped bring the facility to full production capacity in just 11 months. Also, as a result of the accelerated schedule, the client recognized a sizable profit. GLE saved $60,000 per day, which equaled to approximately $1.8 million profit per month.

  • Client: Glacial Lakes Energy LLC
  • Size: 100 million gallons of production
  • Location: Watertown, South Dakota
  • Highlights:
    • Design-build
    • 50 million gallons per year expansion
    • Liquifaction, drying, fermentation, evaporation, and distillation
    • Increased cooling tower capacity
    • Increased tank farm capacity
    • Additional fire protection capacity

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