Construction begins at Texas biodiesel plant

By | May 01, 2006
Construction has begun on a biodiesel plant next to Carl's Corner Truck Stop in Carl's Corner, Texas.

Pacific Biodiesel Inc. of Hawaii and entertainer Willie Nelson have teamed up to build the plant, according to Kelly King, marketing and communications director for Pacific Biodiesel. Though construction had already begun in March, Nelson, a founding partner, and representatives from Pacific Biodiesel, the managing partner in the venture, were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony April 2.

The facility, unofficially named Pacific Biodiesel Texas, will start out as a 2 MMgy plant with room for possible future expansion. The target completion date is July 4.
In the beginning, the primary feedstock will be locally grown cottonseed oil. The company will also use waste cooking oil, tallow and other virgin oils. "Our process is multi-feedstock, so we can adjust it to put other feedstocks in there," King said.

Carl's Corner, owned by Carl Cornelius, Nelson and others, will be the primary distributor of the biodiesel produced there. "We're actually going to be set up to pipe our finished products right in his tanks," King said.

That's good news for Cornelius, who said he sometimes runs out of biodiesel at the truck stop. "We're probably going to be rebuilding the whole truck stop all new tanks, all new pumps, the whole thing," he said.
 
 
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