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In front of the Show Me Ethanol plant along Highway 10 in Carrollton, a new kind of fuel station is being constructed by Ray-Carroll Fuels. Besides having the typical mid-grade gasoline and diesel for consumers, this station will also offer E85 ethanol blended fuel from the nearby factory and soy-based biofuel from Mexico, Mo.
“This will be the largest cardtrol unit in our area,” said Bob Littleton, Ray-Carroll petroleum manager.
The station has wide bays to welcome semi-trucks to its site. Littleton estimates 100 semi-trucks a day will utilize the cardtrol. After its completion later this month, the fuel station will have eight outlets for its four gas pumps. A separate area houses the bio-fuel tank and fuel line. Other companies, such as Wright Oil and Sinclair, can pick up their biofuel in large quantities there, he said.
The $375,000 budgeted project took special stainless pumps and mechanisms to make it function. Littleton, along with Assistant Petroleum Manager Leland Strychtemeyer, Paul Harris and Donnie Blankenship built the station to keep costs down.
“We built this for the future,” Littleton said noting that while E85 is not widely used now, Americans are looking to alternative fuels to lessen their dependence on foreign oil.
Only FlexFuel vehicles can utlize E85, which consists of 85 percent corn-based ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. E85 prices run 50 to 60 cents per gallon cheaper than regular gasoline.
Richmond is next. After the completion of this project, Ray-Carroll will install E85 pumps at its Richmond facility.
Photo: From left: Leland Strychtemeyer, Paul Harris and Bob Littleton are constructing the new Ray-Carroll fuel cardtrol in Carrollton, next to the Show Me Ethanol plant. The men, along with Donnie Blankenship, have been working on the traditional and biofuel station since mid-May. (Photo by JoEllen Black/The Daily News)