Business Briefs

By Biodiesel Magazine | October 11, 2019

Andrew Davison, founder and owner of Sandwich, Massachusetts-based Cape Cod Biofuels, was presented an environmental merit award by the U.S. EPA Sept. 10 for his unique biodiesel business model. Cape Cod Biofuels works with farmers to supply 400 restaurants with vegetable oil. It then collects that used oil back, plus oil from hundreds of other restaurants, and converts it into biodiesel at its community-scale plant. Cape Cod Biofuels supplies regional fleets and 3,000 heating oil customers with B20 and B50 blends while running four company trucks on its own biodiesel. The National Biodiesel Board nominated Davison for the award.

The former Australian Renewable Fuels plant in Barnawatha, Victoria, a 13.2 MMgy biodiesel manufacturing facility, has restarted operations under the new ownership of Just Biodiesel Pty Ltd. Formation of Just Biodiesel was finalized in December following the purchase of the mothballed plant from the receiver, KordaMentha, in May 2018. ARF filed bankruptcy and shut down operations more than three years ago. Just Biodiesel began shipping biodiesel in June and will supply the Australian market in partnership with distribution companies Refuelling Solutions and Viva Energy Australia. It will also ship tallow and used cooking oil biodiesel to customers in California and the EU.

Renewable Energy Group Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its first diesel fueling station July 17 in Seneca, Illinois. Construction on the fully automated station began earlier this year. Diesel customers from trucking fleets to local diesel vehicle owners will be able to fill up with biodiesel-blended fuel to conveniently reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. REG Seneca, a 60 MMgy biorefinery located adjacent to the fueling station, will provide the low-carbon biodiesel used in the diesel blends of B11 and higher. More than 17,000 trucks go through REG Seneca each year, according to Gary Haer, vice president of sales and marketing for REG.

Global food company JBS announced it will build a new biodiesel plant in Santa Catarina, Brazil. The company is investing approximately $48 million through Seara Alimentos to build and operate the factory in the city of Mafra. JBS Biodiesel, a JBS Novos Negócios division, will operate the plant, which  will use raw material from the Seara production chain, including pork and poultry fat. JBS will also work with the soybean complex to supplement its feedstock. The plant will produce 900 tons of fuel per day and will more than double its biodiesel production capacity to 158.5 MMgy. JBS has two other biodiesel plants in the Brazilian states of São Paulo and Mato Grosso. 

An open house was held June 25 in Garden City, Kansas, to celebrate Victory Renewables’ new biodiesel blending facility. The site stores both diesel and biodiesel fuels, allowing suppliers to load biodiesel in concentrations of 5 to 100 percent. The biodiesel offered at the new blending facility is sourced from BQ-9000-certified producers. With inline blending capabilities, the facility can accommodate inbound and outbound product movements by both rail and truck. The Kansas Soybean Checkoff provided infrastructure grants to help make biodiesel blends available in the west-southwest part of the state. Victory Renewables is a subsidiary of Conestoga Energy Holdings.

Crown Iron Works, a division of CPM Holdings Inc., has opened its new Global Headquarters and Innovation Center in Blaine, Minnesota. The 68,000 square-foot, $12 million facility will serve as a resource to leading global manufacturers within the oilseed and specialty processing industries. The center includes a 15,000 square-foot pilot plant with a computerized control room for process monitoring and data collection of all plant areas including preparation, extraction, refining, biodiesel, renewable diesel and oleochemical processing. The center features multiple training locations including classrooms of varying size and numerous hands-on capabilities.

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