Jim Geist, operations manager for Great Western Ethanol, said it plans to break ground on the plant, located near Weld County roads 33 and 394 by early March.
Once construction is under way, it could take between 18-24 months to complete the plant, which is projected to be operational by the third quarter of 2009.
"This is big for the region and for the state," Geist
said."As for the country, we are helping to meet the energy needs."
In the year-and-a-half period in which Great Western
had to go back to the drawing board and redesign the plant to meet its new production size, Evans officials have worked closely to facilitate the process.Geist
said the city was a key part of the redesign, and getting everything approved on time.