US based ethanol producer Abengoa Bioenergy has restarted a commercial-scale bioethanol plant located at the Portales Industrial Park in New Mexico.

The facility is designed to produce up to 30 million gallons per year of fuel ethanol primarily from sorghum grown on the High Plains of West Texas and eastern New Mexico.

Abengoa Bioenergy president and CEO Javier Salgado said that the Portales facility became viable again due to more favorable market conditions, supported by an increasing demand scenario.

"Recent legislative and administrative actions supporting the industry and expanding ethanol blend levels are also expected to have a positive impact," Salgado said.