The plant is a joint venture between Rahr and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

In preparation to starting operations, Koda Energy performed a steam blow, a process that removes any contamination from the plant’s piping by releasing steam through the pipes and then out a diverter pipe before reaching the turbine blades.

Firing up of the boiler on natural gas is anticipated shortly, after which Koda Energy will start burning biomass. Initially, the plant will use a single fuel source oat hulls from a General Mill’s cereal processing plant. After fine tuning the equipment, Koda Energy I splanning to add other feedstocks to make the perfect recipe.

Koda Energy also said that one truck of oat hulls from General Mills has been delivered; five additional trucks were expected within the week.