El Paso plant expands to 15 MMgy

By Susanne Retka Schill | August 19, 2009
Posted September 8, 2009

Construction is nearing completion on an expansion of Global Alternative Fuels LLC at El Paso, Texas, tripling its capacity to 15 MMgy. Global Alternative expects to begin commissioning in early October, bringing the expansion online in November, one month shy of its first anniversary in December. A multi-feedstock plant, Dean Rigg, chief financial officer, said it can use "yellow grease to tallow to soy-depending on pricing." Plans are being made to boost it another 10 MMgy in a couple of years, he added.

SRS Engineering Corp., Murrieta, Calif., has been contracted to complete the expansion. The company was initially working to build a methanol recovery system and a feedstock pretreatment system for the plant, when its role was expanded to include the two-stage expansion. "Working with the team at Global Alternative Fuels for a second time is a great honor," said Clayton Hawranik, president and CEO of SRS Engineering. "We always appreciate the opportunity to work with clients a second time and take it as a huge compliment to our staff and our state-of-the- art technology. We are looking forward to assisting GAF in creating a strong profitable biodiesel plant."
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