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Gevo resumes isobutanol production at Luverne

5:30 PM MDT | June 24, 2013 | —Rebecca Coons and Lindsay Frost

Gevo (Englewood, CO) announced on 18 June that it has resumed commercial production of isobutanol at its Luverne, MN, site after isolating and removing contamination streams that forced it stop operations in October 2012. The former ethanol plant is the first to use Gevo’s retrofit technology. CEO Pat Gruber tells CW that one of the site’s four trains restarted about a month ago and has completed a number of runs. “We’ve been getting good repeatability, and it is behaving as we predicted,” he says. The October 2012 decision to stop...

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