REG opens Colorado biodiesel blending terminal

By Bryan Sims | January 15, 2009
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Iowa-based biodiesel producer and marketer Renewable Energy Group Inc. has opened a new biodiesel blending terminal in Alamosa, Colo., making inroads into the Western United States.

As part of the company's national infrastructure plan, REG will make available its trademarked REG-9000 brand of biodiesel at the Alamosa terminal. Blends of B99 or customer-specific blends of B2 through B99 are available by the truckload from the 20,000-gallon tank in Alamosa. This is the second biodiesel terminal opened by REG in the Rocky Mountain Petroleum Administration Defense 4 District (PADD). In November 2008, the company opened a biodiesel blending terminal in Ogden, Utah.

For its Alamosa terminal, REG has partnered with Alamosa-based petroleum company and biodiesel marketer Alta Fuels to help facilitate the company's marketing efforts of its branded REG-9000 at the site. Alta Fuels also has an on-site laboratory to ensure quality throughout the biodiesel supply chain.

"We are committed to meeting U.S. demand for biodiesel through infrastructure creation," said Gary Haer, vice president of sales and marketing for REG. "REG currently markets biodiesel to all 48 continental states, and with this and other strategic terminal locations, REG is able to extend our biodiesel product offering. We aim to help our petroleum customers more quickly access high quality biodiesel to meet their customers."

Haer cited the upcoming renewable fuels standard (RFS) as one of the main drivers behind REG's national infrastructure strategy. "The RFS calls for 500 million gallons of biodiesel to be used in the U.S. in 2009," he said. "This biodiesel blending facility allows petroleum distributors in Colorado, New Mexico and throughout the Southeast to make biodiesel blends available now in preparation for implementation of the RFS later this year."

Currently, REG offers biodiesel at approximately 20 locations nationwide with every load of B99 coming with a certificate of analysis outlining quality of product.
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