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December 29, 2003

Weather delays progress on ethanol plant

By LeAnn Eckroth, Staff Writer

Winter weather conditions dashed hopes for an early start on an ethanol plant to be constructed here, but city officials remain optimistic the project is still a go.

In July and August, officials from the Makad Corporation outlined plans for a 17 million gallon ethanol facility, to be located at the city's industrial park east of Williston.

Completion is anticipated for 2005.

"I spoke to them on the phone this week and they're hoping construction will start in April," said Williston City Commission President Ward Koeser. "It's still moving forward."

Makad has received a special use permit from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Williston City Commission has approved a preliminary plat for the project. Work is expected to take 13 months to complete.

"Most of the major issues have been resolved," Koeser said.

According to Elie G. Makad, chairman and chief executive officer of the Makad Corp., in its first year of operation the plant will have a $100 million impact on the region.

It will employ 35 to 40 people. Payroll in the first year of operation is projected at $18 million.

Construction of the facility will create 400 jobs alone, Makad said.

The plant will use 6.8 million bushels of corn annually, creating a demand for an additional 51,000 acres of production in the MonDak region.

Makad Corp. develops industrial projects in the field of petro-chemical, electrical power generation and fertilizer.

It has partnered with Monsanto EnviroChem Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Monsanto Corp. of St. Louis, to develop the ethanol production facilities.


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