Las Vegas plant to be replaced by larger facility

By | September 01, 2006
Las Vegas' skyline is ever-changing with older casinos and resorts coming down only to be replaced by larger and more extravagant buildings. A similar approach is being undertaken by the city's biodiesel plant.

Biodiesel of Las Vegas is nearing the start of construction on a new 30 MMgy biodiesel plant on the city's outskirts. The new plant, which will eventually be ramped up to 60 MMgy, is expected to come on line as Biodiesel of Las Vegas' current 5 MMgy is shut down. The existing plant has been in operation for more than four years, according to Biodiesel of Las Vegas' Ben Kulick.

The new plant will be located on a rail line near Nellis Air Force Base. Kulick said permits have been submitted to the city's planning commission. With the plant site near federal air base property, there isn't concern over Las Vegas eventually surrounding the plant, Kulick said.

Lack of space and the strengthening of demand are the main reasons behind building a new plant. Kulick said the region's biodiesel demand is in the 10 MMgy to 15 MMgy range. The city currently has over 5,000 vehicles running on biodiesel daily.

The new plant's site was previously used for loading and unloading railcars. Kulick said much of the needed infrastructure is already in place, although a tank farm and process building would be installed.

Feedstock supply isn't an issue in the Las Vegas area, according to Kulick. The current plant uses a variety of feedstocks, but one of the most plentiful is the waste vegetable oil produced from the city's hotel industry.

Kulick told Biodiesel Magazine that the company is planning to sell the existing facility, and several companies have inquired about purchasing and moving the plant. Kulick also said Biodiesel of Las Vegas will now offer turnkey biodiesel plant packages.
 
 
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