Developers consider ethanol plant, pipeline in Napa Junction

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

YANKTON | Napa Junction in southeastern South Dakota is poised for more development as officials consider building an ethanol plant and a private natural-gas pipeline in the area.

Several companies have expressed interest in bringing an ethanol plant to Napa Junction, which has seen much activity over the past year and a half with the opening of a grain-shuttling facility and a new pelleting plant that’s under construction.

Ethanol businesses are still hashing out the details, but officials have found that a cost-effective option to feed the ethanol operation would be to build a private natural gas pipeline for the area northwest of Yankton, according to Matt Winsand, general manager of Dakota Plains Ag LLC.

 Winsand told the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan that Dakota Plains, which operates the grain-shuttling facility in Napa Junction, has been looking into an ethanol plant in the area for a few years.

Building a private gas line for the plant would cost up to $33 million, compared to an $87 million option to extend a Northern Natural Gas line from Yankton that would require revamping the line’s infrastructure down into Missouri, Winsand said.