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Ron Jones
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Biodiesel/Ethanol Plant

Location: Midwest

Client: Confidential

Burns & McDonnell prepared the conceptual and definitive design of an integrated 40 million gallon/year biodiesel and 50 million gallon/year ethanol plant. These design packages included estimated capital and owner’s costs used for financial feasibility assessments.

  • Front-end project planning (FEP-2 and FEP-3)
  • Geotechnical and topographical site surveys
  • Biodiesel technology evaluation and election
  • Railroad design and application
  • Construction permit application
  • Environmental air permit
  • Archaeological survey
  • Wetlands evaluation and permit
  • Capital cost estimating

The client desired to build and operate an integrated biodiesel and ethanol plant to attract industry and provide jobs in the community. Burns & McDonnell developed conceptual and definitive design as well as the associated cost estimates to acquire equity and debt financing required to build the proposed plant.

Burns & McDonnell provided all studies, engineering and cost estimating documentation for financial institutions and equity investors to provide the necessary capital to build the plant. The project team performed all engineering services in accordance with Construction Industry Institute and Process Industry Best Practice guidelines.

Burns & McDonnell conducted extensive technology evaluations to ensure that the plant could produce biodiesel from a variety of feedstocks. As the project progressed, the team provided additional environmental, archaeological and permitting services to advance the project.

  • Provided a variety of environmental and permitting services.
  • Selected a biodiesel technology that can process multiple feedstocks.
  • Conducted value engineering to minimize overall capital cost.
  • Prepared capital cost estimate during a period of extremely high escalation.
  • Designed site and railroad layouts.