Georgia biodiesel plant nears completion in East Dublin

By | July 01, 2006
A 2.5 MMgy biodiesel plant is under construction on five acres of land near East Dublin, Ga. Middle Georgia Biofuels Inc. should be completed sometime in June, depending on what happens during the final stages of construction, according to President Fred Young.

Organizers worked for several years to bring the project to fruition. Then, in September 2005, construction began. Research into better production methods and alternative uses of biodiesel is a focus of the project, Young said. The group hopes to provide biodiesel to bus fleets, and other vehicles and equipment in the area. "We want to service the local school system and those kinds of things," he said, adding that the company plans to market the product itself.

Currently, the plan is to start out by using poultry fat as a feedstock, he said. However, the plant can process multiple feedstocks. Eventually, Middle Georgia Biofuels will probably take in soy oil, according to Young.

At press time, the company had five employees. Eventually, the plan was to increase that, but he wasn't sure by how much or when that might happen.

Young said biodiesel was a good market to be in and compared the birth of the biodiesel industry to the early years of the computer industry. "We think [biodiesel is] a good business to be in for the years to come," he said.
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