GeoGreen Fuels starts up in Texas

By Dave Nilles | October 13, 2006
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More than 200 people toured Texas' newest biodiesel facility late last week. GeoGreen Fuels held an Oct. 12 ribbon cutting for its 3 MMgy biodiesel plant in Gonzales, Texas. It's the first of what the company hopes to be several biodiesel plants.

Construction on the 3 MMgy facility began in May. Although the plant is producing biodiesel, the fuel isn't ready for distribution quite yet. GeoGreen has submitted the fuel for the lab testing needed for EPA certification prior to selling the product, according to Director Kathy Kartchner.

Johnson Oil Co. of Gonzales will be distributing most of the B100 from the plant. The company is already a biodiesel distributor, having distributed B20 since spring 2005. Johnson Oil distributes fuel from AGE Refining Inc. of San Antonio. Houston's Gulf Hydrocarbon Inc. provides the biodiesel for AGE Refining's fuel blend.

Greenline Industries designed and built the Gonzales facility, which is located approximately one hour east of San Antonio. GeoGreen will use soy oil as a feedstock.

A holding company has also been formed for future GeoGreen biodiesel projects, according to GeoGreen's Dale Kartchner. Fuel Development Company LLC (FDC) will act as the parent company for future GeoGreen plants. FDC recently completed an agreement with the Economic Development Committee of Crockett, Texas, for a 3 MMgy biodiesel plant in the city's industrial park. The plant will eventually be increased to 6 MMgy and include a 5 MMgy oil pressing facility. Crockett is located midway between Houston and Dallas.

A third project, a farmer-owned facility in El Campo, is also being developed, according to Dale Kartchner. El Campo is approximately 75 miles southwest of Houston. Dale Kartchner said he hopes to move forward with both projects within the next 30 to 45 days. Greenline Industries is expected to build both facilities.

GeoGreen is also working with the city of Gonzales for a future oil pressing facility, which would be located adjacent to the biodiesel plant. Dale Kartchner said the Gonzales economic development group is pushing for the project, which it believes might signal create demand for additional cash crops. "It also fits well with what we're doing," Dale Kartchner said. "We're trying to make a footprint with a crush facility and a small biodiesel plant. We want to affect the economy from the farmer to the marketing of biodiesel."

GeoGreen Fuels
Location: Gonzales, Texas
Design/builder: Greenline Industries
Capacity: 3 MMgy
Feedstock: soy oil
Biodiesel marketer: Johnson Oil Co.
Start of construction: May 2006
Start-up date: October 2006

Dave Nilles is Online Editor for Biodiesel Magazine. Reach him at or (701) 373-0636.

Posted: 1:49 p.m. CDT Tuesday, October 17, 2006
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