FRESNO, Calif. -- Pacific Ethanol Inc. will soon begin construction on a 50-million-gallon-per-year ethanol facility in Burley, Idaho, mid-way between the fuel markets of Boise and Salt Lake City, Utah.



The company expects to begin construction, which should take approximately 12 months, within the next thirty days.



The Burley Idaho plant site is located on a parcel of 177 acres, with direct access to both the Union Pacific Railroad and Interstate 84. Burley is in the Magic Valley region of the state, where a resident population of over 300,000 dairy cattle and 100,000 feedlot cattle will be sufficient to consume all wet distiller's grain from the new ethanol facility. A fuel blending rack is within eight miles of the plant site.



CEO Neil Koehler observed that "The Burley Idaho plant expands our production footprint to new markets in the Western US, from existing markets in California, Oregon and Colorado. Moreover, the Burley plant fits well with our destination model and will serve local markets for both fuel and feed with significant production cost advantages over products imported from the Midwest. We would like to thank the city of Burley for being so helpful to us in the development of this project. We look forward to bringing new jobs and economic growth to the local community."

Pacific Ethanol owns and operates an ethanol plant in Madera County, California, is constructing a second plant in Boardman, Oregon and owns a 42-percent interest in Front Range Energy, LLC, which owns and operates an ethanol plant in Windsor, Colorado.



In May 2006, Pacific Ethanol completed an equity funding of $138 million, which provided the Company with sufficient cash to accelerate its stated goal of completing five ethanol production facilities totaling 220 million gallons of capacity per year by the middle of 2008 and its plans to complete additional ethanol production facilities, increasing total capacity to 420 million gallons per year by the end of 2010.



In January 2007, Pacific Ethanol obtained a commitment for up to $325 million of senior secured credit, which will be used to recapitalize the company's Madera California ethanol plant, to provide take-out financing on the completion of the company's Boardman Oregon ethanol plant, and to provide both construction and term financing for the Burley Idaho ethanol plant and two additional ethanol plants that the Company has under development.



Pacific Ethanol, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kinergy Marketing, LLC, is the largest West-Coast-based marketer of ethanol. In addition, Pacific Ethanol is working to identify and develop other renewable fuel technologies such as cellulose-based ethanol production and bio-diesel.



SOURCE: Pacific Ethanol Inc. via PR Newswire.