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Red River Biorefinery now producing USP grade ethanol

The North Dakota plant
The North Dakota plant
The Red River Biorefinery (RRB) has announced it has expanded production to supply ethanol that meets the US Pharmacopeia purity and quality standards for hand sanitiser.
The US-based ethanol production facility has seen a sharp rise in demand from key customers and is refocusing some of its production.
Keshav Rajpal, President of the RRB, said: “Now more than ever, consumers are concerned about the quality of ingredients in hand sanitisers and disinfectants. RRB is committed to supplying safe, high quality, sustainable USP-grade ethanol for use in hand sanitisers and other products that fight COVID-19.
“We produce ethanol that is made green to help families stay clean during the pandemic.”
With a carbon footprint said to be 50% below that of a conventional ethanol plant and among the lowest in the US, the RRB production facility uses its excess agricultural byproducts as a feedstock for ethanol production.
As well as hand sanitisers, the company's ethanol is suitable for use in a wide range of products including disinfectants, wet wipes, spray sanitisers and other cleaners.
James Leiman, Director of Economic Development and Finance Division for North Dakota, added: “It is extremely gratifying to have a local producer supplying safe ingredients for hand sanitisers while providing local jobs to support our communities.
“The Red River Biorefinery serves a vital role in the region’s value-added agricultural, energy and low carbon economies.”
The North Dakota plant