By New Mexico Business Weekly

The Abengoa Bioenergy USA biofuels plant in Portales is restarting Wednesday after being closed for almost two years.

The Associated Press reports that the 47 workers employed at the plant will produce 25 million gallons of ethanol a year for blending with gasoline.

Greg Fisher, executive director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp., said in a statement that a renewed biofuel tax credit was a key reason the plant was able to resume operations.

The plant uses dryland sorghum to produce the ethanol and sells the remaining plant material as cattle feed. The plant is located at 1827 Industrial Drive.

Abengoa Bioenergy USA is one of the leading producers of bioethanol in the world. It has corporate offices in St. Louis.

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