UGES to open biodiesel transload facility in New Jersey

By Erin Voegele | April 27, 2011

Ultra Green Energy Services LLC will celebrate the grand opening of a new biodiesel transload facility on May 16. The Whippany, N.J.-based facility features rail-to-truck transloading and red dye capabilities.

According to Michael Cooper, UGES’s vice president and director of sales and marketing, his company has been looking to develop a transloading location in New Jersey for years. “We’ve found a location that gives us the opportunity to deliver ourselves railcars [of biodiesel] in an economical manner,” he said.

While the vast majority of distillate fuels entering the Northeast market are funneled through New York Harbor via pipeline or marine vessel, Cooper said that locating a biodiesel transloading facility in the vicinity of the harbor is prohibitively expensive. In addition, Cooper noted that it’s more difficult and expensive for buyers in New Jersey to purchase fuel near the harbor, due in part to traffic and toll costs. The new location in Whippany will offer UGES customers in New Jersey and nearby regions more convenient and economic access to biodiesel.

UGES has added several pieces of equipment to the Whippany location. “We’ve brought in our own mechanical equipment,” Cooper said. “We need to heat the biodiesel when it comes in, so we put in our own boiler to generate heat to steam the cars in the winter. We also brought our own pumping system; a 600 gallon-per-minute diesel-biodiesel-powered pump.”

The location can handle any number of railcars, from two to 50. “We can line them up and heat them and move them down the process,” Cooper said. Since biodiesel expands at high temperatures and contracts at lower temperatures, Cooper noted that a scale system will be used to determine the quantity of biodiesel that is sold to a customer via weight based on the specific gravity of the fuel. The intermodal scale featured at the site was purchased with a grant awarded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

According to Cooper, the new facility will handle B100. The vast majority of the fuel that flows through the station will be transported to biodiesel storage tanks at regional fuel terminals for blending. However, he also noted it is possible that some customers may splash blend on site.

The transload facility will also be capable of supplying red dyed biodiesel, which can be sold exempt from state taxes in New Jersey when used as heating oil. The location will also be used to transport waste cooking oil to Ontario, N.Y.-based Northern Biodiesel for conversion into fuel. 


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