First commercial US biodiesel plant completes major expansion

By Ron Kotrba | August 25, 2017

AGP recently completed a major expansion project at its Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, biodiesel production facility—the nation’s first commercial-scale biodiesel plant, built in 1996. Production capacity at AGP’s Sergeant Bluff biodiesel plant doubled from 30 to 60 MMgy. The biodiesel expansion project was first announced November 2015.

Officials at the company told Biodiesel Magazine that the biodiesel expansion project was completed July 23 and the plant is now operating at its increased annual capacity.  

The biodiesel expansion project was coupled with construction of AGP’s new on-site soybean oil refinery, which supplies feedstock to the biodiesel plant.

AGP’s Sergeant Bluff complex in Iowa now features integrated soybean processing, soybean oil refining and large-scale biodiesel production. 

AGP owns nine soybean processing facilities across the Midwest—with its tenth currently under construction in Aberdeen, South Dakota—and three biodiesel production facilities with installed capacity totaling 150 MMgy. 


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