Pacific Northwest edges closer to biodiesel production

By | February 01, 2005
According to the National Biodiesel Board, there are currently no commercial-scale biodiesel facilities in the Pacific Northwest. However, that may be about to change.

Seattle Biodiesel LLC is 90 percent complete with construction and plans to begin producing biodiesel within a month, according to John Plaza, president and founder of Seattle Biodiesel. "We are well funded for a strong entry into the market and are excited about our prospects of being on the forefront of biodiesel production in Washington State," Plaza said. The facility is being built in an industrial section of Seattle. The plant is expected to produce 2 mmgy of biodiesel the first year and eventually ramp up production to 5 mmgy. Feedstock will consist of virgin oils with an attempt to use canola and mustard.

Los Angeles-based Baker Commodities Inc. is considering a 10-mmgy biodiesel plant in Seattle as well, according to Fred Wellons, Baker's director of Research and Development. The company already processes grease and animal fats at plants in Tukwila and Spokane, Wash.
Sustainable Systems LLC Managing Member Paul T. Miller told Biodiesel Magazine that the company is in the preparatory stages for a scalable 7.5-mmgy biodiesel plant in the Pacific Northwest. The company already has an oilseed crusher located in Washington.

The push for biodiesel production Oregon may have received a boost from Gov. Ted Kulongoski. The governor's global warming advisory group issued a report claiming the state produces six times its share of carbon dioxide. According to the Oregon Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions, 84 percent of Oregon's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2000 can be attributed to carbon dioxide. The advisory group poses a long-term goal of reducing GHG levels to at least 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The use of biofuels such as biodiesel is mentioned as a possible way to decrease GHG emissions.

Oregon Biofuels LLC and Treasure Valley Renewable Resources LLC are listed on the Oregon Department of Agriculture Web site as possible biodiesel projects in that state.
 
 
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