Big Daddy's Biodiesel Texas-sized retrofit underway

By | March 01, 2006
The entrepreneur behind Big Daddy's Biodiesel Inc. said in mid-February that his "quiet" Texas Panhandle start-up could be up and running within 90 days. Roy Messer, CEO of the colorfully named Hereford, Texas, business, told Biodiesel Magazine that Big Daddy's Biodiesel is retrofitting a former molasses factory for biodiesel production. "The project has been in the works for 18 months," Messer said.

The building that will house the biodiesel plant was erected decades ago, but was reengineered and equipped with stainless steel tanks and piping around 1990. The structure stands three stories tall and spans 45,000 square feet. Its massive on-site tank farm has 6 million gallons of storage capacity.

Over the past three months, Messer and his team have been busily prepping the facility for work that's now commencing. At press time, centrifuges and boiler equipment were being delivered, and Messer said the retrofit was proceeding on schedule.

The facility will have a 30 MMgy production capacity and utilize a multi-feedstock process design that is a hybrid between batch and continuous processes. Big Daddy's Biodiesel will come on line using soybean oil as a production feedstock. However, the plant is located in "cattle country," and transitioning to rendered raw materials is part of the company's near-term strategic plan, as is becoming a BQ-9000 accredited producer.
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