Hello BESTers,

Louisiana Green Fuels is on schedule to open up the first 
commercial sucrose to ethanol plant in United States. Below are 
the link for the article posted by Earth2Tech, a link to Louisiana 
Green Fuels website and a link to a PDF file that lists all 
biofuel facilities in Louisiana.

Sweet Sugar Ethanol Coming Stateside
by Craig Ruebens
June 10, 2008

"The American ethanol industry, the world???s largest, is about to 
get a little sweeter. Louisiana Green Fuels (LGF), an 
international investment group, says it is on schedule to open up 
the first commercial sucrose-to-ethanol plant in America. LGF, 
which is 80 percent owned by Inverandino, a Colombian business 
group, tells Earth2Tech it plans to have four ethanol plants and 
three sugar mills in operation in Louisiana in the next 10 years 
pumping out 100 million gallons of sugar-based ethanol a year. 
(Hat tip Miami Herald, via Green Car Congress)

In the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita LGF has been buying up 
shuttered sugar mills and dormant equipment in the devastated Gulf 
region, and now owns three mills in Louisiana. Prices were 
probably pretty good for those hurricane-ravaged mills and LGF 
says that a sucrose-based ethanol industry could help revitalize 
the area.

Louisiana seems to agree and has done lots to help LGF. The state 
sold the company one of its mills in September 2007 and just last 
month issued $133 million in industrial development revenue bonds 
via the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, $100 million of 
which is tax-exempt.

The initial funding for the projects came from the Santacoloma 
family of Colombia which controls Inverandino. The company has not 
disclosed how much it plans to invest in the projects, but it was 
reported it paid $60 million for the state-owned mill in 
Lacassine, LA.

LGF, which is 20 percent owned by the sugarcane farmers of the 
Lake Charles Cane Cooperative, says it plans to buy as much 
sugarcane and sweet sorghum locally but will import high test 
molasses, refined sugar and common molasses, likely from the 
Caribbean, as needed.

This is a good experiment for the American ethanol industry which 
has come under heavy fire for using so much corn for fuel. Sugar 
can give an eightfold return on the fossil energy used to make it 
while corn only yields 1.3 times the fossil energy used. Count 
sugar in as a potential major player in U.S. biofuels market. Who 
thinks America will see a commercial-scale cellulosic or sugar 
ethanol plant here first."

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