Inland Empire Oilseeds sells first biodiesel batch

By Ryan C. Christiansen | January 01, 2009
Web exclusive posted Dec. 30, 2008, at 12:49 p.m. CST

Inland Empire Oilseeds LLC, an 8 MMgy biodiesel plant in Odessa, Wash., announced Dec. 23 that it had sold its initial 33,000 gallons of B100, according to General Manager Steve Starr. Production at the facility, which uses canola oil as a feedstock, began in early November.

In addition, construction has begun on an oilseed crushing facility, which is expected to be operational by June 2009. The crushing facility will supply up to 50 percent of the canola oil needed for the plant's biodiesel production. Starr said the company hopes to increase local production of canola to as much as 35,000 tons of oilseed. As well, Inland Empire Oilseeds plans to utilize its low inbound freight rates on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. main line to receive vegetable oil, as well as canola and camelina seed grown in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and southern Alberta. Starr said the company's core target market is King County, Wash.

Inland Empire Oilseeds is currently owned by Odessa Union Warehouse Co-op., Reardan Grain Growers Inc., Reardan Seed Co. Inc., Green Star Products Inc., Avista Corp., and Michael Dunlap.
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