Magic Valley Plant Ethanol Facility

Value Delivered

Intermech was hired by Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEI) as the overall project construction manager and as the mechanical contractor to self-perform the installation of the mechanical systems and process equipment at the Magic Valley Plant. PEI’s decision was based on Intermech’s outstanding construction performance on the tail-end of a previous plant’s construction, where Intermech was brought on board to take over, accelerate, and finish the mechanical and process installations for the facility.

The Magic Valley project posed several risks and challenges, including the start of construction in the late fall just ahead of winter weather conditions, with expected severe delivery strains on the equipment and process technology supply chain.

Intermech mobilized and staffed the Magic Valley project with an experienced project management and craft leadership team drawn from their operations centers located in Richland, WA, and Idaho Falls, ID. Under its proven quality programs, safety programs, project management systems, and craft supervision resources, Intermech begin construction in November 2007.

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Client Objectives

In 2007, Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEI) was actively exploring alternative solutions to achieve faster construction and commissioning of its new 60-million-gallon/year facility, known as the Magic Valley Plant, to be built in Burley, ID.

Project Solutions

Intermech successfully completed the construction and commissioning of the Magic Valley Plant during a 10-month time frame despite the challenge of the initial project construction starting in the worst winter in southern Idaho’s recent history. Intermech overcame numerous delivery delays with support from outside fabricators and equipment manufacturers to keep construction on schedule. By minimizing re-work and developing creative construction workarounds, Intermech allowed PEI to begin production of ethanol in August 2008 in order to meet customer delivery commitments ahead of schedule.

Client Background

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEI) produces and markets low-carbon renewable fuels, with operations in the Midwest and Western U.S. PEI’s eight ethanol production facilities have a combined production capacity of 515 million gallons per year and produce over 1 million tons per year of ethanol co-products.