Plant to convert turkey waste into energy in Sampson County


CLINTON (AP) — A new $25 million plant that’s being built in Sampson County will convert turkey waste into industrial steam for energy.

The Fayetteville Observer reports Prestage AgEnergy will use 55,000 tons of turkey litter a year to produce the equivalent of 95 million kilowatt hours of electricity.

The roughly 165,000-square-foot plant will feed renewable electricity back to the grid. A projected staff of 16 will operate the Moltonville facility.

Crews broke ground on the facility in June.

Mike Wood, general manager of the Prestage affiliate, says they’re hoping to go commercial by the first quarter of next year. Wood says the plant will serve several purposes.

Wood says Prestage AgEnergy would be helping fill the state’s 2007 energy policy mandate that requires utilities to use poultry waste-generated power.

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