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ICM to design and engineer ACA Bio ethanol plant expansion in Argentina

US-headed ICM, Inc., a global leading biofuels process technology provider has announced that it has been selected to design, engineer and provide equipment for the expansion of ACA Bio Cooperativa Ltda, the ethanol arm of the Asociación de Cooperativas Argentinas.

ICM is to design, engineer and provide equipment for the expansion of ACA Bio Cooperativa 145 million litre per annum corn ethanol plant in Villa Maria, Argentina (photo courtesy Asociación de Cooperativas Argentinas – ACA).

Asociación de Cooperativas Argentinas is formed by more than 150 agricultural cooperatives, made up of 50 000 producers located throughout Argentina. In early December, its ethanol company ACA Bio Cooperativa Ltda revealed plans to invest US$53 million to expand its existing production facility in Argentina. ICM will design, engineer and provide equipment for the expansion.

According to ICM, the expansion will include installation of the company’s Selective Milling Technology V2 (SMT V2), a value-added, patented technology platform offering important operational benefits to ethanol manufacturing facilities.

We are excited to work with ICM during this time of growth. The SMT V2 system will help us increase our operational efficiencies and allow us to realize the full production capabilities of our newly expanded plant, said Santiago Acquaroli, General Manager for ACA Bio.

The system allows plants to maximize the amount of starch exposed for conversion to ethanol and oil available for recovery while preserving fibre for higher-value platform applications.

Adopting the SMT V2 system shows that ACA Bio is focused on innovation and forward-thinking system implementation. ICM has always been on the leading edge of the biofuels industry in North America, and we’re pleased to support our customers in Argentina and empower them with our latest technologies, Ellie Antova, ICM’s International Regional Manager for Argentina.

Located in Villa Maria in Córdoba province, about 500 km north-west of the capital Buenos Aires, the ACA BIO plant uses 375 000 tonnes of corn per annum to produce 145 000 m3 of anhydrous ethanol, 140 000 tonnes of dried distillers grains and solubles (DDGS) destined for animal feed. The expansion is expected to be completed in 2019.

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