Biodiesel goes big time

By | May 11, 2009
Earlier this year, ExxonMobil Corp. finalized details outlining its expectations for biodiesel, and is now analyzing methyl ester specifications and preparing to accept the biofuel into its sales system.

"ExxonMobil recently notified the biodiesel industry that it will begin accepting biodiesel shipments via its supply and distribution system," said Kevin M. Allexon, ExxonMobil spokesman. "Suppliers' product will need to meet a stringent set of specifications that will ensure product stability during distribution and storage, as well as to provide consistent performance across a range of ambient temperatures and other conditions that consumers typically encounter when using the product."

ExxonMobil specifications go beyond ASTM D 6751 standards and include strict monoglyceride limits, as well as cloud point and additive considerations. It also included BQ-9000 certification in the specifications, further highlighting the focus on quality.

While ExxonMobil is opening new doors for biodiesel, Kinder Morgan had announced plans to move B5 through pipelines, a sure sign that biodiesel is getting set for a future with the big, traditional energy players.
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