Green Plains Renewable Energy has reportedly purchased the BioFuel Energy facility in Fairmont. The ethanol plant has been closed for nearly 14 months. The Omaha-based Green Plains also purchased the BioFuel plant in Wood River, Nebraska, and says that it paid about $101-million for the two facilities. Both plants can produce about 110-million gallons of ethanol a year. Green Plains plans to reopen the Fairmont plant by the end of this year. Green Plains is the nation’s fourth largest ethanol producer, selling about 1-billion gallons of the corn-based fuel a year. Fairmont will be the company’s second Minnesota plant. Green Plains also owns an ethanol operation in Fergus Falls.