The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality granted an air permit for Panda Ethanol Inc.’s planned 115 million gal/year ethanol refinery in Sherman County, Texas. The facility will be designed to annually refine an estimated 38 million bushels of feedstock-grade corn into a clean-burning, renewable fuel. The biofuel produced by the Sherman plant could displace approximately 2.6 million barrels of foreign oil a year.
Unlike ethanol facilities that burn natural gas to generate the steam used in the ethanol manufacturing process, the Sherman facility will be engineered to gasify up to 1 billion pounds of cattle manure per year. By using biogas to fuel the plant, Panda is both conserving the energy equivalent of 1,000 barrels of oil a day and helping to address a significant environmental problem for the Texas panhandle.
The Sherman facility is the fifth 115 million gal/year ethanol project announced by Panda to receive air permits. Panda’s Sherman refinery will be located on a 1,200 acre site three miles northwest of Stratford, Texas, providing construction financing needs, regulatory approvals and other conditions are met.