|The Imperium Biodiesel plant location in Grays Harbor is outlined in red. Click to enlarge.|
Imperium Renewables, the parent company of Seattle Biodiesel, announced that it will build a 100-million gallon per year biodiesel plant in Grays Harbor County, Washington. The new plant will produce ASTM-certified biodiesel fuel mainly from soybean, canola oil and other extracts.
The plant will be one of the largest in the US, and Imperium will thereby become one of the largest alternative fuel producers in the US. Total US biodiesel production in 2005 was 75 million gallons, according to the National Biodiesel Board.
|Layout of Imperium Grays harbor Production Facility|
The plant will sit on land currently owned by the Port of Grays Harbor between the towns of Aberdeen and Hoquiam, WA. Construction will begin in July 2006, with the facility expecting to be operational sometime in summer of 2007.
Imperium will bring in feedstock by both rail and ship. It has access to a deepwater pier for inbound ships, a barge terminal for outbound shipments, as well as a rail facility that supports unit trains (120-car trains).
We feel our strong point is our logistic flexibility. We can bring the most cost-effective oils from anywhere in the world using ocean freight economics as well as from the Midwest via unit trains. We also have the ability to distribute the finished product to all points up and down the US and Canadian West Coast via barge. Inland destinations can be reached via train and truck (though trains will be used predominantly).—Brian Young, Director of Business Development, Imperium Renewables
Imperium Renewables currently owns the largest biodiesel operation in the West, Seattle Biodiesel, which is located in Seattle not far from Safeco Field. Current capacity at that plant is 5 million gallons of biodiesel each year. The company plans further expansion both domestically and internationally.
These are exciting times. As petroleum prices increase and global warming becomes more of a threat, people are paying attention.
As a company, we feel strongly that the growth in biofuels—particularly biodiesel—has only just begun. Capacity in this country will more than double this year alone, and next year we’ll see an unprecedented increase.
Imperium Renewables is focused on continuing to develop our refining processes to provide a cleaner burning fuel, to bring the cost of our products lower and to make it more readily available to fleet managers as well as, eventually, to the consumer.—John Plaza, founder and President of Imperium Renewables
Imperium Renewables is the first biodiesel focused company in the United States to be funded by Venture Capital and has received Venture funding from the leading funds in the US, Nth Power, Technology Partners and Vulcan Capital.