Novita DDGS Oil Extraction Facility
CDI was engaged early by the developers of this project to provide planning and design for an oil extraction factory. The project is designed to extract corn oil from dried distillers grain (DDGS), a byproduct of the ethanol process. The resulting oil free meal called NovaMeal provides a more digestible, high protein food for dairy cattle.
This facility is built adjacent to the Valero Ethanol Plant just north of Aurora, South Dakota (also a CDI designed facility). Rail service is provided by the Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad, a Genesee & Wyoming Railroad. Design of the rail anticipated that BNSF unit trains could be handled and shipped from industrial tracks with capacity in excess of 110 cars. Design also allowed for the future construction of additional rail loops so staging of unit trains would be possible. CDI was the engineer of record for all site and railroad work. CDI also provided all quality control of materials through its material testing division. The project was successfully completed and operational as of April 2017.