Various biodiesel projects underway in Texas

By | July 01, 2006
Chevron Technology Ventures LLC-a subsidiary of Chevron Corp.-has purchased a 22 percent equity stake in Galveston Bay Biodiesel LP, a 20 MMgy biodiesel refinery that recently started construction on Galveston Island, Texas. According to Chevron spokesman Leif Sollid, the oil company's equity stake amounts to an investment of $3.5 million. The plant is being designed and built to accommodate future large-scale increases in capacity-up to 100 MMgy, Chevron claims. According to Jenny Ligums, vice president of sales and marketing with Galveston Bay Biodiesel, production is expected to begin in November.

GeoGreen Fuels LLC has also begun construction on its 3 MMgy biodiesel production facility east of San Antonio in Gonzales, Texas. "[Our technology is a] CF-series process unit with Active Ion waterless technology and real-time automated control," explained director Kathryn Kartchner.

South of San Antonio, SMS Envirofuels Inc. just finished expansion work at its biodiesel plant in Poteet, Texas, said David Pearce, director of operations at the plant. SMS Envirofuels expanded capacity from 1.5 MMgy to 6 MMgy. Pearce said the project was slated to be complete in early June. The plant uses a "continuous parallel batch" process.
In Roaring Springs, Texas, Sun Cotton Biofuels is expanding its biodiesel production beyond its current 2 MMgy capacity to 4 MMgy, confirmed part-owner Jerry Wilburn. He also said Sun Cotton Biofuels is expanding its cottonseed crush capacity on-site to ensure feedstock supply for the added biodiesel capacity.
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