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Gulf Ethanol Announces LOI to Purchase Production Facility
Thursday April 19, 11:33 am ET

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gulf Ethanol Corp., a Houston-based biofuels company, announced today that they have entered into a Letter of Intent to purchase a portion of the GALCO plant located in the Bayport Industrial District of Houston, TX. Initial evaluations indicate that the facility can be modified to produce ethanol or bio-diesel fuel in volumes up to 30 million gallons per year.

"Our plan to expand into ethanol production has the potential to generate significant profits and increased shareholder values," commented JT Cloud, CEO of Gulf Ethanol. "We plan to rapidly expand into both the production and blending of ethanol products from our base in Houston," he added.

The 20-acre GALCO facility includes two process reactors and 22 process/storage tanks and is located within 3 miles of the Bayport deepwater port. "With access to numerous pipelines, rail systems, trucking terminals and wastewater treatment the plant is ideal for the expanded business plan of Gulf Ethanol," stated Mr. Cloud.

The market for biodiesel is entering a phase of unprecedented growth. Drivers include environmental concerns, energy security issues, significant tax subsidies and current and pending state and federal regulations. Gulf Ethanol intends to position itself in the forefront of this burgeoning industry.

The Bayport Industrial District is one of America's largest industrial parks and the center of the nation's largest concentration of petrochemical production. Covering more than 10,500 acres, Bayport employs more than 7,500 workers and contributes more than $1 billion per year to the region's economy. More than 60 of the world's most prominent industrial firms have plants or other sites in Bayport, including BP Amoco Corporation, Lyondell Chemical Company, Dupont and Hoechst Celanese.

About Gulf Ethanol Corporation

Gulf Ethanol will produce, distribute, and blend biofuels. Headquartered in Houston, Gulf Ethanol began as an importer of ethanol based fuel for blending operations from South America and the Caribbean Islands.

Source: Gulf Ethanol Corporation

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