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Joint Venture Building First Oregon Biodiesel Refinery

A joint venture between SeQuential Biofuels (earlier post) and biodiesel pioneer Pacific Biodiesel is developing the first biodiesel refinery in Oregon.

This represents Hawaii-based Pacific Biodiesel’s first joint venture on the mainland US.

Ground-breaking on the SeQuential-Pacific refinery is targeted for August on a one-acre industrial parcel on the Kelly Point peninsula in Portland. Production would begin in November with the facility expected to produce in its first year a million gallons of  ASTM-certified biodiesel from used cooking oil.

Our goal from the beginning has been to make renewable fuel choices readily available to local businesses and individuals. Nothing is more sustainable than using recycled cooking oil to produce a healthy fuel choice, especially when we can manufacture it here in Oregon, reducing environmental impact of biodiesel transport and contributing to the local economy through job growth. With demand growing, we’re working aggressively to expand biodiesel availability, as well as fleet and retail markets for biodiesel throughout the Pacific Northwest.

—Tomas Endicott, managing partner of SeQuential Biofuels

Investors in the project include Wells Fargo Bank, the Oregon Department of Energy and a group of minority investors that includes Cameron Healy, founder of Kettle Foods; John Miller, a biodiesel user and Oregon businessman committed to sustainability; Ron Tyree, owner of Tyree Oil, a Eugene-based petroleum distributor; and country music artist Willie Nelson, who helped launch the Willie Nelson Biodiesel Company, which provides biodiesel fuel to tanks and truck stops in Texas.

Oregon-based Kettle Foods, a maker of all-natural potato chips and nut butters, will supply all of its used cooking oil to the new facility. The company is the first natural foods manufacturer to recycle all of its waste oil into biodiesel and the first of its size to contribute to the new facility. The company already runs a fleet of company cars on biodiesel.

Kettle Foods also maintains one of the largest commercial solar arrays in the Pacific Northwest that last year produced 5 percent of the company’s electricity. Employees also led efforts to restore a nearly two-acre wetland system at its headquarters, which improved environmental conditions, prompting the return of nesting herons and other wildlife.

SeQuential Biofuels is a biofuels marketing and distribution company with offices in Eugene and Portland, Oregon, and is currently the state’s largest distributor of biodiesel.

Founded in 1996, Pacific Biodiesel developed the first biodiesel plant in the Pacific Rim and the first retail biodiesel pump in the US.  The company owns and operates two biodiesel plants in Hawaii. It was commissioned to build the Virginia Biodiesel plant visited by President Bush in recent weeks, has built a biodiesel plant in Japan and has two additional US biodiesel plants currently under construction.


Sheik Kassem

Dear sir,
I wish to inform you that we are interested to set up a new industry in Mauritius(Indian Ocean) becaue we have a very good market for the same locally and as well as we can fight against the increasing price on that fuel. Therefore we are looking for an investor who wish to develop this project with us in the coutry.
Sheik Kassem


With reference to above matter our company would like to further enquire, detailed project and financials of the refinery (10,000 tones per year of bio diesel) in rajasthan, India.

We are in the plantation of jatropha last two years. And now looking for set up refinery in Sikar District in rajasthan.

For Jat Bio Fuel Co.
L K malpani
Director finance

Phone mumabi office : 022 56993511
Cell : 9322335595
Email :

suraj agarwal

hello sir,

i am a biotech engineer from sikar and want to know the investment on production unit of biodiesel for direct sale.what will be the proper supply chains for raw materials? what will be investment for plantations and for pilot plant?
who will be the target customers?

thank you,,,,


Biodiesel target to save futre of indian roads

Suraj Agarwal

Jason Kratz

Hello Sir
I am a student of LBCC and The horticulture club president as well. I am very interested in seeing an alternative fuel refinery here in the Willamette valley.I have a few sugestions however. We do need to consider other alternatives in order to help curb our over exploitation of farmlands and other future sites of agriculture. I feel over tillage, soil erosion, soil compaction, water conservation global warming due to denitrification with in the soil and many other factors need to be addressed before a plan is implemented. I feel diesel may not be the most effiecient as far as a clean air bill. I suggest along our freeway corridors we plant maple trees(vermont syrup). these trees are a source of regenerative and sustainable source of succrose to produce alcohol fuels. This practice will keep fuel production from the interiors of our cities, create a canopy of trees we so much need to recycle our atmosphere and limit our further dedregation to our farm lands and limit the addition to more machinery and chemicals to our lands. Keep the traffic near the freeways and limit further pollution due to our farming practices. Can you imagine a stationary vast orchard plumbed and tappable on a constant rotational schedule and many adverse affects may be sidestepped that otherwise contributes to a growing problem-Water-fertilizing-cleaner air-traffic from tankers-and totaly sustainable Thank you for your attention Good luck we are ROOTING for you!! OSU is waiting for the chance to produce GMO's for a better fuel

Indu Kalpa Saikia

There are new and high potential opportunities to generate carbon finance in the biodiesel sector. The use of petrol-diesel in engines creates a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions that can be greatly reduced by substituting a blend of biodiesel and petrol-diesel or using 100 percent biodiesel. Carbon credit can be generated in the biodiesel sector in a number of ways through the biodiesel production process including:
• Biodiesel plant to produce biodiesel for transport sector.
• Use of de-oiled cake after production of biodiesel as biomass for power generation.

Biodiesel can be produced from plants such as Jatropha, Karanja, Castor, Rapeseed, Palm, Soybean, or from used/ waste cooking oil from restaurants. To know more about carbon credit generation from biodiesel sector contact,

Indu Kalpa Saikia
Business Development Manager
Mobile: + 91-9351549531

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