Greenergy acquires Harvest Biofuels' UK biodiesel plant

By Ron Kotrba | January 30, 2015

Greenergy announced Jan. 30 that it has acquired Harvest Biofuels’ biodiesel manufacturing facility at Seal Sands on Teesside, England. Greenergy says the acquisition of Harvest’s manufacturing assets gives it additional biodiesel production capacity to meet its own biofuel blending obligations under the U.K.’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.

Greenergy already owns and operates a waste-based biodiesel production facility at Immingham on the east coast of England, but the company says biodiesel volumes from Immingham is not enough to meet its growing biodiesel blending requirements in the U.K. As a result, the company turned to imports to complete its blend requirements. The addition of the Seal Sands facility, which also produces biodiesel from waste oils, will reduce reliance on these imports and allow the company to meet more of its obligations domestically.

As part of the agreement reached with Harvest, Greenergy has taken on Harvest Biofuels’ biodiesel storage contract at Dordrecht in the Netherlands, and Harvest Energy will become an ex-rack customer of Greenergy for petroleum and diesel for its customers in the South East of England, Teesside and in Scotland.

“The acquisition of the Harvest biodiesel plant will help bring our own production and blend requirements into balance,” said Andrew Owens, Greenergy CEO. “Most of the biodiesel that we blend into diesel in the U.K. will now be manufactured and quality assured in our own facilities. There are great opportunities to improve further the performance of both manufacturing sites by making best use of feedstock, through technology transfer and the sharing of best practice.”

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