A $70 million biodiesel plant in Iowa should take about a year to construct,
according to the partnership of companies building it.
East Fork Biodiesel of Algona, IA, and Renewable Energy Group of Ralston, IA, broke ground Tuesday on the plant in Algona, which will eventually produce 60
million gallons per year.
The soon-to-be largest biodiesel plant in the state will convert
soybean oil, animal fats and other oils into commercial biofuel.
The plant will employ 25 people, produce biodiesel around the clock,
recycle its water and recover methanol for other uses, according to a press
Eastfork, the principal interest in the plant, forecasts its annual
biodiesel sales at $144.6 million, according to the press release.
Renewable Energy Group, which includes the former West Central Soy, is
also a producer of pure, B100 biodiesel.
Biodiesel plants are sprouting up in other areas, too.
Later this year in Memphis, TN, GS Agrifuels plans to begin
construction on a plant that will eventually have 45 million gallons of annual
capacity and employ 50 people, according to the Memphis Business Journal.
GS Agrifuels will produce the brand Mean Green Biofuels at an initial
capacity of 10 million gallons of biodiesel and 5 million gallons of ethanol
The New York-based company received a nine-year tax abatement from the
city’s industrial development board to build the plant, which could be
operation in 2007, the Business Journal reported.
Beatrice Biodiesel broke ground Aug. 28 on a $52.5 million biodiesel
plant at Gage County Industrial Park near Beatrice, NE. The plant will
primarily use soy products to produce fuel and will be the state’s largest
The Nebraska plant will employ 21 people and produce 50 million gallons
of biodiesel and five million gallons of glycerin per year, the Beatrice Daily Sun reported.
A plant currently under construction in Scribner, NE, is expected to be
operational later this year, according to the Daily