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.