Denmark-based Novozymes plans to build a new US$80-100 million facility in the US to produce enzymes for existing corn-based ethanol production now and for cellulosic ethanol production in the future.
The new facility will be located on a 30-acre property at the Biorefinery Campus in Blair, Nebraska, approximately 25 miles north of Omaha. Novozymes expects to break ground in late 2008 with operations beginning in late 2010.
Initially the focus of the new plant will be to supply enzymes for corn based ethanol and enzymes for cellulosic ethanol start ups. The plant in Blair will be designed for later expansions to ensure Novozymes can meet demands for enzymes for cellulosic ethanol. We are undertaking an unprecedented effort to make these enzymes available by 2010.—Peder Holk Nielsen, Executive Vice President and Head of Enzyme Business
Novozymes conducted a worldwide search for a new location before settling on the Midwest.