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Belarus ethanol plant to benefit Chernobyl area

Ireland-based Greenfield Project Management signed a framework agreement with Belarus to build a 550 million-liter-per-year (145 MMgy) ethanol plant.

The project launched in mid-December was referred to as a “long-term humanitarian and social project.” The feedstock, mainly sugar beets and grains, will be grown on the site of the defunct Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station.

This cultivation and production process will remove radioactive isotopes from the soil, using feedstocks that can’t be used in the food chain, said Greenfield chairwoman Ann McClain. Construction of the facility will begin after financing and an Environmental Impact Assessment are complete. (Ethanolproducer)