- Associated Press - Monday, December 17, 2018

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - 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.



A private gas pipeline could also benefit other nearby areas, he added.

“Nothing’s been set in stone with (the state),” Winsand said. “But they’re willing to listen to the options that we’re bringing to the table. It’s not a Napa Junction pipeline fix; it’s a southeast South Dakota opportunity.”

The Yankton County Commission will consider a conditional-use permit for the ethanol plant on Dec. 28.

Todd Woods, the commission’s chairman, has already expressed support for the plant.

“For me, it’s a win-win,” Woods said. “If the ethanol plant comes to fruition, it’s another place for our farmers to sell their grain and get a better price for their grain.”

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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