BioFuels of Colorado extends capacity, revitalizes infrastructure

By | March 01, 2006
BioFuels of Colorado LLC, which started producing biodiesel after renovating an asphalt tank car cleaning facility last year, plans to open its second biodiesel plant in a former sheep-shearing building near the Denver Stockyards. The new facility was built "from the ground up," according to Monte Malone, sales manager for BioFuels of Colorado. He told Biodiesel Magazine that BioFuels of Colorado handles all stages of design, construction and production of its biodiesel facilities. "These buildings were basically empty shells," Malone said.

The capacity expansion was based on the lack of space at the existing facility for tankage, pumps, centrifuges, other equipment and certain transportation concerns. "We needed more rail space," Malone said of the existing facility, which will be used exclusively for railcar loading. The new plant will be used for inbound and outbound truck traffic. The limitations of the original site's less than-one-acre of available space made expansion of the existing facility impossible, Malone said. The current plant operates at a 10 MMgy capacity, and the proposed facility is expected to produce 5 MMgy. Although BioFuels of Colorado shipped only 2.5 million gallons of its 10 MMgy capacity last year, current negotiations lead Malone to believe the demand for the company's Mountain-Gold-brand biodiesel will soon exceed current production limits.

Most of the company's Mountain Gold Biodiesel is sold exclusively to fuel distributors and used primarily by the military, municipal trucking and school bus fleets, and over-the-road transportation firms, Malone said. BioFuels of Colorado uses only virgin soy oil to produce its Mountain Gold biodiesel.

The announcement of the 50 percent refining capacity expansion was made by Tom Foley, the founding investor of BioFuels of Colorado, and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, member of the Agriculture, Energy and Veteran Affairs Committee, at a press conference at BioFuels of Colorado headquarters in Denver. "We'd like to thank Sen. Salazar for participating with us today and for leading the charge in Washington to emphasize the lead for our nation to further the use of biofuels as an alternative energy source," Foley said at the conference.
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