Blue Flint Ethanol is a joint venture between Great River Energy (GRE) and Headwaters Incorporated. In what could become a model for coal and nuclear fueled power plants, or other industrial facilities producing large amounts of steam, Headwaters Inc. and GRE have opened the first co-located, directly integrated ethanol plant in the world. Production at the facility began in February of 2007.
The Blue Flint Ethanol Plant is adjacent to the Coal Creek Station; a GRE coal fueled power plant near Underwood, North Dakota. With no boiler in Blue Flint's 20 acre plant, the new ethanol production facility uses what is primarily waste heat from steam generated at Coal Creek Station to process 18 million bushels of corn into 50 million gallons of ethanol per year.
The project was recently recognized by North Dakota Governor John Hoeven as the states 2006 "Project of the Year".