Kentucky Continental Refining Co. is planning to convert its idled petroleum refinery in Somerset to a soybean crushing, biodiesel refining and blending facility. The project scope includes construction of equipment foundations; erection of structural steel and storage tanks; relocation and installation of soybean crushing and oil extraction equipment, reactors, columns, vessels, centrifuges and packaging equipment; and purchase and installation of supporting equipment. The plant will have the capacity to process 3 million bushels of soybeans per year to produce 5 million gallons of ultra low sulfur diesel and biodiesel per year, high-protein fiber meal for animal feed, soybean oil and crude glycerin. The estimated EPC cost is $25 million. Continental Refining Co., 300 Refinery Road, Somerset, 42501. IR#KY201112.

North Carolina Nuvotronics is planning to construct a microwave components manufacturing plant in Durham. The project scope includes design and construction of a building with cleanroom space, and purchase and installation of wafer production, RF module assembly and additive manufacturing equipment. Nuvotronic is part of the Cubic Mission Systems division of Cubic Corporation. The company will use the plant to produce mmWave radios, mmWave power modules, filters, diplexers and antenna arrays. The estimated EPC cost is $50 million. Nuvotronics, 2305 Presidential Drive, Durham, 27703. IR#NC201034.

North Dakota The North Dakota Mill & Elevator Association is planning to expand production capacity at its flour mill in Grand Forks. The project scope includes design and construction of building space and equipment foundations; retooling of a 3,000-cwt durum mill; and purchase and installation of a 6,000-cwt durum mill, a 4,000-cwt spring wheat mill, pneumatic conveyors, hoppers, and screening, separating, washing, blending and grinding equipment. The expansion will increase milling capacity by 11,000 cwt per day. Heyer Engineering Inc. has been selected to provide owner’s engineering services. Invitations to bid for design engineering, equipment procurement and construction services are expected to be issued in January or February of 2021. The estimated EPC cost is $23.5 million. North Dakota Mill & Elevator Association, 1823 Mill Road, Grand Forks, 58208. IR#ND201102.

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