Sunoco has made and shipped its first batch of ethanol from its new plant in Fulton, according to a company official.
The corn-based fuel left the plant on June 30 to be blended with other fuels and shipped to Sunoco gas stations for sale to the public.
The first shipment is part of what spokesman Thomas Golembeski said is a gearing-up of the plant that will find the facility at full operation by the time Sunoco holds a ceremonial opening later this month.
“We’re still monitoring operations closely and we’re pleased with where we are,” he said.
Sunoco bought the plant from the bankrupt Northeast Biofuels.Â Northeast Biofuels ran out of money to run the plant after its initial design proved to have serious flaws that would require an expensive rebuilding.
The Fulton plant is Sunoco’s only ethanol-making facility.
Golembeski said about 50 people work at the plant and another 10 people manage the operation.
Ethanol can be made from several types of plants or crops.Â The Fulton plant makes its ethanol from corn. “We’ve been getting shipments of corn,” said Golembeski. “We are planning to (buy) as much local corn as possible.”