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Abengoa Bioenergy of Ravenna, LLC

RailWorks constructed a double-loop track to service the new ethanol plant.
Project Highlights 
  • Collaborated on site survey and track design
  • Constructed 15,000-ft. double-loop track
  • Installed 9 turnouts
Ravenna, Nebraska
Abengoa Bioenergy
Business Unit 
RailWorks Track Systems
Project Description 

RailWorks worked directly with Abengoa Bioenergy and design-builder FruCon-Austin to construct a double-loop track to service the new ethanol plant.

Project Scope 

Once the conceptual design was prepared, RailWorks surveyed the proposed site and worked closely with the BNSF, the servicing railroad, to ensure the track specification met the approval of all parties involved. RailWorks constructed a 15,000-foot double-loop track with nine turnouts. The new track infrastructure accommodates two unit trains simultaneously to ensure continuous bioethanol production.

Unique Features 

The plant produces 88 million gallons of ethanol per year from 32 million bushels of local corn, making it the largest dry mill ethanol plant in Nebraska. In addition to ethanol, the facility produces approximately 150,000 tons of distillers dried grains with solubles (“DDGS”) and 350,000 tons of wet distillers grains with solubles (“WDGS”), co-products of the corn-to-ethanol processing.

Other participants 
FruCon-Austin Joint Venture (design builder) BNSF, the servicing railroad