|Biodiesel and ethanol connections at the Motiva terminal. Click to enlarge.|
Distribution Drive, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Earth Biofuels announced that terminal-blended biodiesel is now available to their customers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Tanker trucks can now load biodiesel fully blended with petrodiesel at the Motiva Enterprises terminal in Dallas, thereby eliminating the need for two stops and reducing the transportation costs traditionally associated with the distribution of biodiesel blends.
Motiva appears to be the first major terminal operator to provide such a service.
Terminal blending saves time and mileage for fuel trucks that would otherwise have to make two stops, one to pick up biodiesel and one to pick up diesel. Terminal blending also eliminates splash blending in the truck by having the ability to store, mix and load the two fuels in one location and ensures correct blending of the products, providing a consistently high quality of finished product.
Distribution Drive had Additive Systems Inc. (ASI) install a 30,000 gallon biodiesel tank to store pure (B100) biodiesel at the terminal. This heated tank is connected with heat-traced pipes to the terminal’s diesel loading rack and integrates specially designed blending equipment with Motiva’s existing measurement systems.
As fuel tank trucks fill at the loading rack, ASI’s blending equipment reliably blends B100 with petrodiesel supplied from Motiva’s diesel storage tanks.
The Clean Cities Program, the Texas Soybean Association and the National Biodiesel Board have all provided support for the project in the form of a grant issued by Clean Cities in 2005.
Earth Biofuels is the exclusive distributor of the BioWillie brand of biodiesel, which is Willie Nelson’s trademark fuel.
Motiva has also led in providing a terminal infrastructure to accommodate customers’ need for ethanol. Motiva is one of the largest purchasers and distributors of ethanol and one of the largest marketers of ethanol-blended gasoline.
Motiva Enterprises is a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Refining Inc., and refines, distributes, and markets oil products in the eastern and southern United States. Company assets include three refineries with a combined capacity of 725,000 barrels per day and ownership interest in 46 refined product storage terminals with an aggregate storage capacity of approximately 19 million barrels.