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Flint Hills Resources and FQPT start up MSC system at Fairmont ethanol plant

In the United States (US), Flint Hills Resources LLC, a leading refining, chemicals and biofuels producer and Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC (FQPT), a technology provider have announced the commissioning of the FQPT's Maximized Stillage Co-Products (MSC) system at the Flint Hills Resources Fairmont, Nebraska (NE), ethanol plant. The largest co-product technology system in the ethanol industry, the MSC system is operational and producing protein within specification requirements.

The MSC technology produces high-value protein animal feed from a portion of the distillers’ grains produced during the ethanol production process (photo courtesy FQPT).

According to a statement, FQPT’s engineering and project management teams along with Flint Hills Resources’ operational team brought the project in on-time and within budget, “raising the bar” for how engineering and technology providers in the ethanol industry along with industry leaders like Flint Hills Resources should be delivering technology projects.

The MSC technology produces high-value protein animal feed from a portion of the distillers grains produced during the ethanol production process. Flint Hills Resources has branded the product NexPro and has already begun marketing the product worldwide. The start-up of the Fairmont Flint Hills Resources System marks the fourth and largest FQPT MSC system operating worldwide.

The Flint Hills Resources team has done a great job preparing for and partnering with FQPT on a successful startup of the MSC System. They have been a great partner along the way and we are excited to see them making product and achieving additional benefits of the system to their ethanol production process, said Neal Jakel, V.P. Strategy and Technology at FQPT.

The unique properties of the MSC protein make it an excellent ingredient for aquaculture, pet food, and poultry. The first FQPT MSC system began commercial operations in 2009 and many years of development work has been completed on the product and markets. In June 2018, Flint Hills Resources has contracted Fluid Quip Process Technologies to provide detailed engineering on a proposed additional MSC system as they look to add the technology at other Flint Hills Resources facilities.

We have been very pleased with the FQPT technology and startup team. Their experience and dedication has helped us to hit our startup targets, said Todd Svihovec, Project Services Director at Flint Hills Resources.

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