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August 23, 2002

Construction of ethanol plant set to begin March 1

Shareholders of the proposed Central Illinois Energy, or CIE, ethanol production plant in Fulton County met August 20 in Canton to hear the latest developments about the project.

CIE General Manager Mike Smith of London Mills says they're planning to begin construction by March 1, 2003.

Lurgi PSI Incorporated of Memphis, TN has been selected to provide the engineering services. They have engineered several ethanol facilities including a 68-million-dollar, 40-million gallon a year, facility at Lena in northern Illinois that became operational last month.

Among other developments, the 283-acre tract of ground the plant will be built on has been secured. It is reclaimed strip mine ground located about three miles south of Canton. The site has been designated an enterprise zone meaning CIE will receive a sales tax exemption and savings in real estate taxes during the start-up period.

Also, a waste coal mines co-generation plant will be part of the facility. Smith says there's a 30-year supply of waste coal mines within 12 miles of the plant. Waste coal mines are by-products of previous coal-mining operations in the area. It's lower in BTU's than regular coal but still provides efficient power. The co-generation plant would create about 15 new jobs. That would bring the total to 50 new jobs to be created for the entire project.

Although nothing is finalized, Smith says CIE is also continuing talks with a company that would capture and use the carbon dioxide produced at the plant.

Carbon dioxide is a by-product of the ethanol production process. It is used in bottling beverages and other industrial processes. Another by-product to be produced and sold would be 96,000 tons per year of dried distillers grain...a high quality livestock feed.

For more information about Central Illinois Energy, Smith can be reached at 309-668-3299.

His email address is msmith@CIAConline.com. On the Internet, please go to www.CIAConline.com.



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