Proposed Biodiesel Plant List

Biodiesel Magazine's second edition of its annual Proposed Biodiesel Plant List indicates some interesting trends, most notably the obvious-growth. It's apparent this industry is itching to explode with expansion.
By Anduin Kirkbride McElroy, Holly Jessen, Nicholas Zeman, Ron Kotrba and Dave Nilles | June 01, 2006
Biodiesel Magazine's Proposed Biodiesel Plant List has become an annual undertaking for the publication's editorial team, and the project's name-bland as it may be-is pretty much a fixture. This year, however, the list's name just doesn't capture what it represents, which is a whole lot of production capacity on the drawing board. With downright eye-opening figures of 65 would-be plants representing an astronomical 1.46 billion (billion with a "B") gallons annually, a more appropriate title for the information presented on the next 19 pages might have been, "Biodiesel: By the Numbers."

According to the Spring 2006 U.S. & Canada Biodiesel Plant Map, there is approximately 400 MMgy of capacity on line today with another 320 MMgy under construction. Taken in the context of the proposed plants presented here, the industry is looking at the potential for more than 2 billion gallons of annual capacity. However, it can be surmised that several of the projects listed here will not come to fruition. In fact, it may come down to a virtual race to see which plants get on line first.

Biodiesel Magazine started off with more than 175 proposed projects that were narrowed down to a final tally of 65. Of those listed, one can draw several conclusions about the direction of the industry.

First, let's state the obvious-the biodiesel industry is moving ahead at a breakneck pace. It seems almost anyone with seed money and a dream is attempting to throw their proverbial hat into the biodiesel ring.

Plant size is also increasing, perhaps showing a slight maturation of the industry. Last year's proposed list featured 36 plants averaging 14 MMgy. This year's list features 65 plants averaging 22.4 MMgy.

The list also shows that, unlike a majority of U.S. ethanol plants, biodiesel projects are less tied to agricultural regions of the country. That has been, and continues to be, a strong selling point to policy makers. However, although biodiesel projects are popping up in at least 29 states, Iowa continues to dominate the renewable fuels landscape. The state leads this list with six proposed projects totaling 280 MMgy of production.

BQ-9000 accreditation was another important issue discussed by representatives of proposed plants. Most projects reps said the voluntary accreditation program was vital. It's reassuring to see the importance placed on quality assurance.

Avenues for glycerin disposal are becoming a larger concern. Several projects have proposed innovative solutions for the biodiesel coproduct. Some plants plan on using the glycerin to fire power plants. One proposed plant, Fry Away Fuels in Coates, Minn., is planning to blend glycerin with coffee grounds and sawdust, which will then be fired in wood-burning boilers. Other facilities are looking at ways to introduce glycerin into cattle feed.

Again, it's important to stress the criteria used to compile this list. Our staff attempted to contact every proposed plant-between concept and construction-that we became aware of through other news sources or by word of mouth. Each project listed here was verified by a reliable source, whether a direct project representative, a government official or someone else connected to the project.

For various reasons, some proposed plants chose not to be included. Others proved impossible to reach. Still others undoubtedly remain flying below our radar. If you don't see your project listed here, give us a call. We'd love to hear from you.

As with last year's list, this isn't intended to be an all-encompassing inventory of every proposed biodiesel project in the United States and Canada-it's merely a snapshot of what is happening in the industry right now.

Also, to make the list more manageable, only plants slated to produce 1 MMgy or greater are included.

The list is organized by regions: Pacific, Mountain, North Central-West, South Central-West, North Central-East, South Central-East, New England, Middle Atlantic, South Atlantic and Canada. For starters, let's head West.

Pacific
Energy Alternative Solutions Inc.
Location: Watsonville, California
Target groundbreaking: July 2006
Feedstock: virgin vegetable oils/yellow grease
Capacity: 1 MMgy
Process technology: Pacific Biodiesel
Synopsis: With financing and permitting in place, the company is preparing to break ground July 1, according to Senior Vice President Bernie Weiss. The company is awaiting final engineering for the batch process plant. It is also scheduling the arrival of the tanks and assembly crew. An August production start is planned. Weiss says the glycerin would be sold to local power plants for electrical generation.


Bio Friendly Fuel Partners
Location: San Francisco, California
Target groundbreaking: summer 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 20 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: President Eric Johnson tells Biodiesel Magazine the company is still narrowing down potential sites within northern California. He says is has been doing research since 2004. A feasibility study has been completed and the project is in the financial phase.

Baker Commodities
Location: Vernon, California
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 15 MMgy
Process technology: Superior Process Technologies
Synopsis: This project is located in a suburb of Los Angeles. Baker Commodities' Fred Wellons says the plant would be expandable to 30 MMgy.

Pacific AgriEnergy LLC
Location: eastern Washington
Target groundbreaking: 2006
Feedstock: virgin vegetable oils
Capacity: 10 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: This facility will be breaking ground this year, according to Project Manager Dwight Robanske. It will be using oil from locally grown crops such as brassica, canola, rapeseed and mustard. Initial capacity would be 10 MMgy, with expansion possible at a later date.

Palouse Bio LLC
Location: Spokane Valley, Washington
Target groundbreaking: 2006
Feedstock: mustard oil/canola oil/rapeseed oil
Capacity: 5 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Five ag co-ops are planning a zero-discharge biodiesel facility, as well as an oilseed crushing plant. Both plants will be collocated with one of the co-op's facilities. Production should start within nine months from the start of construction, says spokesman Jim Armstrong. The group received a $2 million low-interest loan from the state of Washington, and is currently engaged in permitting and engineering. Glycerin would be used in an on-site cogeneration plant.

Unnamed
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Target groundbreaking: June 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 63 MMgy
Process technology: Lurgi PSI
Synopsis: Chem-Con Corp. will soon break ground and plans to begin production February 2007. CEO Jay Greig says the zero-discharge plant, which would include a pre-cleaning, bleaching and degumming pretreatment process, would enable the plant to use virtually any feedstock. However, it would rely mainly on soy, canola and palm oils. The publicly traded company has obtained funding through equity investments. A combination of debt and equity will finance construction.

Baker Commodities
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 10 MMgy
Process technology: Superior Process Technologies
Synopsis: This project is probably the furthest along of Baker Commodities' three proposed plants. Property for this facility has been purchased near Tacoma.

Mountian

American Agri-Diesel
Location: La Junta, Colorado
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil/canola oil
Capacity: 25 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: American Agri-Diesel is currently building a 2 MMgy to 6 MMgy pilot biodiesel plant in Burlington, Colo., according to Steve Aslagon, low emissions program manager. Once that project has "proven" itself, the company will make a final decision on whether to move forward with it. If the project advances as planned, it would likely be completed and on line in 2007. Once operational, the group plans to become BQ-9000 accredited.

Phillips County Biodiesel Project
Location: Phillips County, Colorado
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 1 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: A group interested in building a biodiesel plant in Phillips County, Colo., hopes to get started building in about a year, according to Bob Melander, director of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Development Center.

Sustainable Systems LLC
Location: Culbertson, Montana
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: virgin vegetable oils
Capacity: 15 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Sustainable Systems operates an oilseed crushing facility at the site of this proposed plant, according to Paul Miller, the company's president. The biodiesel project is in the permitting and engineering phase. At press time, Sustainable Systems was evaluating process technology providers and a general contractor for the continuous-flow facility.

Greater Montana BioEnergy LLC
Location: Havre, Montana
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: canola oil
Capacity: 10 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: At press time, a site survey was being conducted, according to James Lambert, president and COO of Agro Technologies International. Agro Management Group, which focuses on research and development for bio-lubricants, now wants to enter biofuels production. The biodiesel plant has a projected first-year capacity of 2 MMgy with plans to increase to 10 MMgy by its third year of production. The company hopes to move forward with construction as soon as June, with production commencing in December.

Wyoming Biodiesel Co.
Location: northeast Wyoming
Target groundbreaking: fall 2006
Feedstock: undeclared
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Wyoming Biodiesel Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Fuel Dynamics LLC, is working toward a plant possibly near Gillette, Wyo., according to Business Development Manager Jim Kintz. At press time, soy and canola oil were being considered as potential feedstocks. Kintz said permitting was nearly complete, funding was being solidified and negotiations were underway for glycerin off-take contracts.

Wyoming Ag Marketing LLC
Location: Riverton, Wyoming
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: virgin vegetable oils
Capacity: 1 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: A grain storage facility east of Riverton, has been selected as the plant's proposed site. The facility would use canola, camelina and sunflower oils as feedstock. The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Development Center is helping advance the project.

North Central-West
Magic City Biodiesel LLC
Location: Minot, North Dakota
Target groundbreaking: June 2006
Feedstock: canola oil
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Magic City Biodiesel LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the holding company Dakota Skies Biodiesel LLC, according to COO Skip Hauth. A German company, Uhde, is the general contractor and is working with Dakota Skies to select the process technology provider. The facility is expected to produce biodiesel that meets or exceeds European specifications by July 2007 (see Feedstock feature on page 56).

Marble Rock Biodiesel
Location: Marble Rock, Iowa
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: This facility would use a continuous-flow operation. Glycerin marketing plans are as yet undetermined, according to spokesman Steve Bodensteiner.

Raccoon Valley Biodiesel
Location: Storm Lake, Iowa
Target groundbreaking: October 2006
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 50 MMgy
Process technology: Engineering Automation and Design Inc.
Synopsis: According to spokesman Terry Argotsinger, the plant site would include an all-renewable fuels filling station.

PowerShift Biofuels of Iowa
Location: Fairfield, Iowa
Target groundbreaking: summer 2006
Feedstock: soy oil/canola oil
Capacity: 60 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: PowerShift Energy Co. Inc. and NewGen Technologies, a subsidiary of ReFuel America, are working on this project, according to Dan Leach, PowerShift CEO. At press time, the companies were waiting on the results of environmental reviews and expected to break ground in June. The anticipated completion date is summer 2007. The group is planning an additional five projects located throughout the United States with a collective production capacity of 300 MMgy. However, further details weren't available at press time.

Iowa Renewable Energy
Location: Washington, Iowa
Target groundbreaking: June 2006
Feedstock: soy oil/animal fats
Capacity: 50 MMgy
Process technology: Renewable Energy Group
Synopsis: Project Manager Pamela Dunbar says the equity drive is complete. Off-take marketing and procurement agreements are being negotiated.

Southern Iowa Bioenergy LLC
Location: Lamoni, Iowa
Target groundbreaking: summer 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: Renewable Energy Group
Synopsis: Southern Iowa Administrative Assistant Rose Saxton says while no specific groundbreaking has been set, the group hopes to start construction as early as this summer.

Hawkeye Bioenergy
Location: Camanche, Iowa
Target groundbreaking: August 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 60 MMgy
Process technology: Bratney Companies
Synopsis: A feasibility study and business plans have been completed. Hawkeye's Mike Meyer says the company is undecided on plans for the plant's pharmaceutical-grade glycerin.

Fry Away Fuels
Location: Coates, Minnesota
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: recycled grease/virgin sunflower, rapeseed and mustard oils
Capacity: 1 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: According to Fry Away's Kai Curry, the company is securing more private equity. The facility, which is planned to expand to 5 MMgy, would blend its glycerin with compacted coffee grounds and sawdust, which will then be used to fire wood-burning boilers.

Rock Hill Biodiesel
Location: Trenton, Missouri
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: yellow grease/soy oil
Capacity: 3 MMgy
Process technology: Greenline Industries
Synopsis: Rock Hill's John Robbins says this modular plant could double in size within three years of starting production.

Unnamed
Location: Marshall, Missouri
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil/animal fats
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Roy Marshall, member of Marshall's economic development council, says a general contractor has been interviewed and a process technology firm has been selected, although it wasn't disclosed at press time.

Heartland Biodiesel
Location: Rock Port, Missouri
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil/animal fats
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: Renewable Energy Group
Synopsis: At press time, Heartland was preparing for its equity drive. The plant site has access to a Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline and is located near several major soy crushing facilities. Spokesman Stan Griffin says West Central of Ralston, Iowa, would manage the project.

Northeast Nebraska Biodiesel
Location: Scribner, Nebraska
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 5 MMgy
Process technology: TechnoChem International
Synopsis: Fundraising is ongoing for this project, which would primarily use soy oil. Backup generators and steam boilers would be powered with biodiesel, allowing the facility to power itself. Spokesman Robert Byrnes says the company is developing cattle feed options for the plant's glycerin.

Mobius BioFuels
Location: Fremont, Nebraska
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 10 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Mobius spokesman Bob Buscher Jr. says a technology provider is being sought for this modular project. The plant would be expandable to 30 MMgy. A feasibility study is complete, and a feedstock procurement plan is being finalized.

South Central West
Earth Biofuels
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Target groundbreaking: summer 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 20 MMgy
Process technology: Earth Biofuels Technology Co.
Synopsis: Earth Biofuels' CEO Tommy Johnson says this project, which hopes to break ground soon, would be located near an ethanol plant.

Earth Biofuels
Location: Muskogee, Oklahoma
Target groundbreaking: late summer 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 50 MMgy
Process technology: Earth Biofuels Technology Co.
Synopsis: This project would be co-located with an ethanol plant to take advantage of transportation, labor, energy and other pooled resources, according to Earth Biofuels CEO Tommy Johnson. The plant would primarily use soy oil as a feedstock.

Redland Industries Inc.
Location: Guymon, Oklahoma
Target groundbreaking: June 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: Redland Industries
Synopsis: With a strong financial partner with access to international capital, this project is waiting to finalize the financial transfers, says Redland Industries' spokesman Kent Powell. The plant design provides a high-volume, continuous-flow modular system. BQ-9000 accreditation would be sought upon production. A significant expansion is planned to begin in late 2006 following start-up.

GeoGreen Fuels LLC
Location: Gonzales, Texas
Target groundbreaking: May 2006
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 3 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: The Gonzales facility is expected to produce ASTM-spec fuel by August 2006, according to GeoGreen's Kathryn Kartchner. The plant would use a continuous-flow process unit with Active Ion waterless technology and real-time automated control.

TexCom Inc.
Location: Seabrook, Texas
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 35 MMgy
Process technology: Lurgi PSI
Synopsis: At press time, TexCom's Jay Charles said groundbreaking on the project-which may operate under a different name-was imminent.

North Central East

Blackhawk Biofuels LLC
Location: Freeport, Illinois
Target groundbreaking: late 2006/early 2007
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: Renewable Energy Group
Synopsis: Blackhawk Biofuels has an option on a 49-acre site near Freeport, Ill., according to Chairman Ron Mapes. The project is initializing permitting and financing. Soy oil would be the primary feedstock, while rendered animal fats and corn oil are also under consideration.

Unnamed
Location: Knox County, Illinois
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: undeclared
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: A group of local farmers and businesspeople have been leading an effort to bring a biodiesel plant to the area for 18 months, according to Larry Larson, director of Knox County Solid Waste. Currently, organizers are trying to catch the interest of investors to back the proposal. The soybean-growing region also has a pork processing facility nearby.

National Trail Biodiesel Group
Location: Newton, Illinois
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: A feasibility study and business plans are complete. An equity drive is slated to be completed by June, says spokesman Dick Grogg. National Trail Biodiesel plans to pursue BQ-9000 accreditation once operational.

Delta Biofuels
Location: Danville, Illinois
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: This developing project may be located adjacent to a Bunge soybean crushing facility, says spokesman Gene Holmes.

Indiana Clean Energy LLC
Location: Frankfort, Indiana
Target groundbreaking: summer 2006
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Indiana Clean Energy LLC has an option to buy a piece of land located next to one of three possible feedstock suppliers, according to CFO Mark Bunner. The project is beginning the financing process. Permit applications have been submitted.

Unnamed
Location: Ecorse, Michigan
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil/canola oil
Capacity: 15 MMgy to 20 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Currently, plans are to erect a pilot biodiesel plant producing approximately 400,000 gallons annually, according to Edward Trager, COO of Ender LLC. The plant, which would use batch processors, should be operational this fall. After that, the larger facility would be built in Ecorse. At press time, Ender LLC was in discussion with a group about a joint venture on the project. The company hopes the larger plant is operational by August 2007.

Unnamed
Location: Saginaw, Michigan
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil/canola oil
Capacity: 15 MMgy to 20 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Another Ender LLC project, this plant is expected to develop similar to the Ecorse, Mich., project. Following a 400,000-gallon-per-year project, a 15 MMgy to 20 MMgy plant would be built.

Unnamed
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 4 MMgy to 6 MMgy
Process technology: Biodiesel Industries Inc.
Synopsis: Biodiesel Industries Inc., which already operates multiple facilities in the United States, has purchased property to build another plant, according to Jake Stewart, vice president of corporate development. The project is in the construction planning phase with site preparation and permitting underway. This project is a collaboration with NextEnergy, DaimlerChrysler and other major automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

Michigan Biofuels LLC
Location: Belleville, Michigan
Target groundbreaking: July 2006
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 10 MMgy
Process technology: Michigan Biofuels LLC
Synopsis: At press time, groundbreaking was closing in on Michigan Biofuels' plant, which is anticipated to start up in November 2006. Financing and permitting is underway, according to President Patrick Sullivan.
Unnamed
Location: Adrian, Michigan
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 20 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: After leading the push for the Great Lakes Ethanol plant (later bought by Midwest Grain Processors), local individuals began pushing for a biodiesel project, according to David Munson, president of the Lenawee Chamber of Economic Development. Biofuels Industries Group has selected a 20-acre site in an industrial area of the city, according to spokesman Michael Horowitz. At press time, the group was awaiting a ruling regarding property tax exemptions.

American Biodiesel LLC
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Target groundbreaking: June 2006
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: At press time, work was being done on permitting and the final financing package, according to Ric Lesinski, vice president of marketing and sales. The company was working on finalizing a contract with Minneapolis-based Crown Iron Works Co.

South Central East

Alternative Liquid Fuel Industries
Location: McArthur, Ohio
Target groundbreaking: June 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 1 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: At press time, the group was changing from a limited liability company to an incorporated company. Alternative Liquid Fuel Industries President Michael Noll says the plant would be expanded to up to 50 MMgy. Noll is working with a university to develop value-added products from the plant's glycerin.

North Prairie Productions LLC
Location: south-central Wisconsin
Target groundbreaking: fall 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: Desmet Ballestra
Synopsis: A handful of sites have been identified as possibilities, according to President Mike Robinson. Financing was in progress at press time. Soy oil and corn oil would be the plant's primary feedstocks. Production at the facility could begin by August 2007.

Owensboro Grain Biodiesel
Location: Owensboro, Kentucky
Target groundbreaking: mid-May 2006
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 50 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Permits are approved, and everything else is in place for a mid-May groundbreaking, according to spokesman John Wright. The plant would be built on a greenfield site adjacent to the company's vegetable oil refinery located on the Ohio River. Crude glycerin marketing agreements are finalized. Biodiesel off-take agreements are ongoing. Wright says Owensboro would use a proven European technology and pursue BQ-9000 accreditation once operational.

Earth Biofuels
Location: Greenville, Mississippi
Target groundbreaking: June 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 20 MMgy
Process technology: Earth Biofuels Technology Co.
Synopsis: CEO Tommy Johnson tells Biodiesel Magazine that the engineer for this project is expected on-site by late May. The plant would primarily use soy oil as a feedstock. Bunge operates an oilseed processing facility nearby.



Southern Biodiesel LLC
Location: central Mississippi
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Tim Coursey, head of this project, says he is in the midst of a strategic site location assessment study. He intends to purchase a turnkey operation with continuous-flow processing but says there's a six-month lead time to get the process equipment on-site once it has been ordered.
Delta Biofuels
Location: Marks, Mississippi
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 30 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: The makeup of investors is changing, but the project is still moving forward, according to Gene Holmes, Delta Biofuels spokesman. The company plans at least two large biodiesel facilities. This project may be adjacent to a Bunge oilseed processing facility.

Memphis Biofuels LLC
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Target groundbreaking: June 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 36 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Located at a former Proctor & Gamble plant, the animal feed company of Cochran Corp. now specializes in vegetable oil byproducts there. The biodiesel plant would be on the same 17-acre site where Brandon Sheley, senior vice president of Cochran Corp., says most equipment needed for biodiesel production is already in place. Breaking ground in June, the plant is expected to be fully producing by August 2006. More than 1 million gallons of storage exists on-site, with another 500,000 gallons to be built. Memphis Biofuels, which would primarily use soy oil, plans to apply for BQ-9000 accreditation.

New England

Greenleaf Biofuels LLC
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Target groundbreaking: late 2006
Feedstock: undeclared
Capacity: 5 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: President Gus Kellogg created Greenleaf more than 18 months ago as a B100 distributor. After working to create a consumer market, Kellogg is now searching for a biodiesel plant site capable of handling a facility up to 30 MMgy. He is also analyzing the feasibility of using domestic soy oil or importing feedstock.
Northeast BioEnergy LLC
Location: Limestone, Maine
Target groundbreaking: 2007
Feedstock: canola oil/palm oil
Capacity: 40 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Loring BioEnergy LLC is researching the feasibility of using B100 to power the 55-megawatt turbine in its electrical cogeneration plant. If deemed feasible, the facility would require 40 MMgy of biodiesel just to run the turbine. The facility would import the fuel until there is enough local feedstock to supply a biodiesel facility.

Maine Biodiesel LLC
Location: Rumford, Maine
Target groundbreaking: 2007
Feedstock: crude tall oil
Capacity: undeclared
Process technology: SC Fuels LLC
Synopsis: SC Fuels LLC, Frontier Energy LLC, the Fractionation Development Center (FDC) and a local paper mill have partnered in this innovative biodiesel project. They are currently evaluating technologies to convert crude tall oil (a byproduct of the kraft pulping process) to biodiesel, according to the FDC's Todd Ploanowicz.


Unnamed
Location: Houlton, Maine
Target groundbreaking: October 2006
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 5 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians has completed a feasibility study and is very near completion of the business plan, according to project representative Peter Sexton. The tribe would own the majority of the business, and is currently looking for other private investors. It hopes to transition to locally produced canola oil. The tribe is also conducting a USDA-funded pilot study on canola.

Baker Commodities
Location: Billerica, Massachusetts
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 10 MMgy
Process technology: Superior Process Technologies
Synopsis: Baker Commodities' Fred Wellons says it may be 18 months before his company begins producing biodiesel.

Northeast Biodiesel Co. LLC
Location: Greenfield, Massachusetts
Target groundbreaking: summer 2006
Feedstock: waste vegetable oil/yellow grease
Capacity: 10 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: Larry Union, president and CEO, hopes that construction will start this summer, followed by production start-up in late fall. He says groundbreaking depends on finalizing several contracts and acquiring equity.

Middle Atlantic

Unnamed
Location: New Jersey
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 15 MMgy to 20 MMgy
Process technology: BioEnergy of Colorado
Synopsis: BioEnergy of Colorado, which already operates two biodiesel plants near Denver, is looking East, according to President Tom Davanzo. While a site hasn't been selected yet, the New Jersey project could be operational in 2007.


North American Biofuels Co.
Location: New Jersey
Target groundbreaking: 2006
Feedstock: trap grease
Capacity: undeclared
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: North American Biofuels already operates a pilot plant in Long Island, N.Y. The company is looking at five potential sites in urban areas of New Jersey. Proposals for two projects have been passed to the state's Department of Environmental Protection.

Tri-State Biodiesel Inc.
Location: New York, New York
Target groundbreaking: August 2006
Feedstock: waste vegetable oil
Capacity: 5 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: This project could be completed by spring 2007. The plant's biodiesel would be marketed locally, according to CEO Brent Baker.

Philadelphia Fry-o-Diesel LLC
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Target groundbreaking: spring 2007
Feedstock: trap grease
Capacity: 2 MMgy to 3 MMgy
Process technology: Philadelphia Fry-o-Diesel LLC
Synopsis: The company is a subsidiary of The Energy Cooperative in Philadelphia. It has been running a pilot plant to develop technology to convert trap grease to ASTM-compliant biodiesel. Fry-o-Diesel is designing a commercial facility, which it projects to be operational by late 2007.


Lake Erie Biofuels
Location: Erie, Pennsylvania
Target groundbreaking: August 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 45 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: This project, which has been under development since mid-2005, is slated to be operational by August 2007.

Enviro Biodiesel
Location: Rouseville, Pennsylvania
Target groundbreaking: summer 2006
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 45 MMgy
Process technology: Bratney Companies
Synopsis: This project was in the midst of obtaining permits at press time. The site, located four miles north of Rouseville, is a former Pennzoil oil refinery located on the Norfolk Southern Railroad. Construction on the brownfield site is expected to take 10 months.

South Atlantic

GreenWing Biodiesel
Location: central Florida
Target groundbreaking: 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 50 MMgy
Process technology: undeclared
Synopsis: This project is unique in that much of the biodiesel would be converted to hydrogen for fuel cells. The biodiesel project, which would use proprietary technology, could be under construction later this year, according to spokesman Ralph Brill.
Earth Biofuels
Location: Cordele, Georgia
Target groundbreaking: June 2006
Feedstock: multi-feedstock
Capacity: 10 MMgy
Process technology: Earth Biofuels Technology Co.
Synopsis: Earth Biofuels CEO Tommy Johnson says this project is a joint venture with a local limited liability corporation. The plant would be expandable upon completion. The primary feedstock will be soy oil. Johnson also mentions ongoing work with the University of Georgia's Agricultural Extension looking at other economically competitive, locally produced feedstocks.

BioMass Energy Services Inc.
Location: Cordele, Georgia
Target groundbreaking: May 2006
Feedstock: soy oil
Capacity: 5 MMgy
Process technology: NexGen
Synopsis: The plant is on course to be operational within four months of construction, according to spokesman Randy Parker. At press time, groundbreaking was slated for mid-May.

Canada

West Coast Biodiesel Ltd.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Target groundbreaking: undeclared
Feedstock: yellow grease
Capacity: up to 50 million liters (13 MMgy)
Process technology: BioDiesel International
Synopsis: Canadian rendering company West Coast Reduction Ltd. is proposing this project. According to West Coast's Grant Saar, the facility is nearing construction. Saar says West Coast is already western Canada's largest distributor of biodiesel.
 
 
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