Minnesota ethanol plant restarts after fire

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm •  Published: March 17, 2014
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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Fergus Falls ethanol plant has resumed producing ethanol after a fire last week.

Green Plains Otter Tail, a subsidiary of Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc., began producing ethanol Sunday. The plant was temporarily shut down after a fire in the plant's dryer system on March 10.

Green Plains says the plant will produce "wet cake" — a byproduct of ethanol production that is sold as livestock feed — until the dryer system can be repaired. The company says those repairs might take two months.

The fire was traced to a hydraulic pump failure. No one was hurt.