Business Briefs

By Biodiesel Magazine | July 15, 2019

Sapp Bros. celebrated the opening of its newest biodiesel blending terminal located in Sioux City, Iowa, with an open house June 13. Representatives from Sapp Bros., Renewable Energy Group Inc., Ag Processing Inc. and MEG Corp. were on hand to answer questions about the new facility and biodiesel. The new blending terminal is located approximately one mile from the Magellan Sioux City terminal. Fuel suppliers can load diesel on their transport at the terminal, then load biodiesel at the Sapp Bros. terminal to the desired blend level. Fuel suppliers will have 24/7 access and loading upon approval. The biodiesel offered at Sapp Bros.’ new blending terminal in Sioux City is sourced from BQ-9000-certified plants, assuring high-quality biodiesel. Sapp Bros. first offered biodiesel at its Peru, Illinois, location in 2004. Today, Sapp Bros. distributes and sells biodiesel throughout its wholesale and travel center network.

Renewable Energy Group Inc. and Broco Oil Co. announced a partnership May 6 to provide cleaner fuel options to heating oil dealers in the Northeast. The companies are working together to provide a state-of-the-art blending facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The partnership between REG and Broco is an agreement to provide Bioheat from the Haverhill location. “We believe in the environmental and economic value that blending biodiesel brings to our business and customers, and we are passionate about providing a clean and sustainable fuel option,” said Robert Brown, owner of Broco Oil. Terminal upgrades will include rail improvements as well as infrastructure to allow for blending opportunities at the loading rack. The product at this location will be distilled biodiesel shipped from one of REG’s production facilities. REG Marketing & Logistics Group LLC is a qualified supplier and wholesaler as part of the Massachusetts Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.

A Canadian subsidiary of Germany-based Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG signed a contract May 2 to purchase Atlantic Biodiesel Corp.’s biodiesel production facility in Welland, Ontario, Canada. Verbio is a German biofuel producer with approximately 470,000 tons of annual biodiesel productive capacity. The firm’s Canadian subsidiary purchasing Atlantic Biodiesel is named Verbio Diesel Canada Corp. Atlantic Biodiesel opened the 45 MMgy plant in June 2015 after the former Great Lakes Biodiesel plant’s lender Heridge S.a.R.L.’s stalking horse bid won the assets from a bankruptcy auction in early 2015. Heridge formed the subsidiary Atlantic Biodiesel Corp. to manage operations in Welland. According to Verbio, the purchase will be financed by using its freely available cash and internal cash flow. The company expects to close on the deal midyear.

BASF will increase the production capacity of its sodium methylate plant in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. The nameplate capacity will increase by 30 percent, from 60,000 metric tons today to 80,000 metric tons. The new capacity will come online in 2020. Sodium methylate is an efficient and reliable catalyst that provides a sustainable solution for the production and use of biodiesel, meeting the requirements of engine manufacturers for high-quality fuels and lower emissions. Sodium methylate supports higher yields and low preparation costs for biodiesel. With this expansion, BASF will support the growth of its sodium methylate customers. Brazil is an important and significant market for biodiesel and corresponding catalysts. BASF’s site in Guaratinguetá is ideally suited for the investment to supply the growing customer demand in Brazil and other South American countries. The site is close to the leading biodiesel producers in Brazil as well as Santos port, providing logistic advantages for exports to the region.

High Plains Bioenergy and its biodiesel marketing division HPB Biodiesel Inc., wholly owned subsidiaries of Seaboard Corp. and owner of two U.S. biodiesel plants, have changed names to Seaboard Energy Marketing Inc. No ownership changes have taken place. The name change is a rebranding effort as the business expands and grows into new areas. The company purchased an idle cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, from Synata in February, which bought the plant out of bankruptcy from Abengoa Bioenergy in 2016. Seaboard Energy is considering renewable diesel production at the site. The company’s two active biodiesel plants are changing names too. The 30 MMgy enzymatic biodiesel production facility in St. Joseph, Missouri, formerly owned by Blue Sun Biodiesel, which High Plains Energy acquired in 2016, is changing its name from HPB-St. Joe Biodiesel to Seaboard Energy Missouri LLC. The company’s biodiesel plant in Guymon, Oklahoma, is changing names from High Plains Bioenergy LLC to Seaboard Energy Oklahoma LLC.

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