Agri-business giant Archer Daniels Midland on Feb. 9 applied with the Iowa Utilities Board for a waiver related to a 40-MW, gas-fired addition that it plans for a corn processing plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The waiver is of a requirement that it have an informational meeting 30 days before filing an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience. That application will quickly follow any granting of this waiver.
The company said this 40-MW installation will allow it to generate electricity more cheaply than with its current on-site power plant, and that this new project will be in addition to that existing facility. This project is for its own use exclusively, the company said. The new gas turbine, a General Electric Frame 6B model, will be coupled with a 40-MW generator and a heat recovery steam generator and operate as part of a combined heat and power (CHP) facility. It is to be completed in June of this year.