La Fabril Producing Low Cloud Point Palm-Oil Biodiesel
17 October 2006
La Fabril, one of the largest producers of palm-oil biodiesel and currently the largest exporter of biodiesel into the United States, is producing palm-oil biodiesel that has a sub-zero Celsius cloud point.
Unlike the conventional palm-oil biodiesel produced by La Fabril which has a cloud point above 13º C, the new Cold Flo Biodiesel has consistently been tested to -3° Celsius, and is being sold with a guarantee of 0° Celsius.
The biodiesel, which meets ASTM 6751 and EN 14214 specifications, will be marketed by Biodiesel Energy Systems—La Fabril’s marketing partner for the United States and Europe—to a variety of customers for use in transportation, marine, heating oil and power generation applications.
Palm oil yields approximately 13-14 times more oil than soybeans (around 635 gallons US per acre for palm oil, compared to about 48 gallons US per acre for soybeans) and approximately five times more than rapeseed (127 gallons US per acre).
La Fabril has exported more than ten million gallons of biodiesel to the United States in the past twelve months. The company currently has a production capacity of 36 million gallons per year and is completing a mid-refining addition that will allow it to expand to 100 million gallons per year. The company, based in Manta, Ecuador, is vertically integrated from palm plantations to the refinery. It has produced edible oil products from palm and other oils for more than 40 years.
Biodiesel Energy Systems (BES) is a wholesale marketer of biodiesel.
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