REG opens biodiesel terminal in Houston area

By Bryan Sims | February 10, 2009
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Iowa-based biodiesel producer and marketer Renewable Energy Group Inc. recently opened a new biodiesel truck loading terminal in Seabrook, Texas.

Customers have the option to pump either B99 or B100 at the loading station, which is colocated at REG's 35 MMgy production facility. The plant sits adjacent to a terminal owned and operated by LBC Group. Headquartered in Paris, LBC is the second largest tank storage company for chemical products and related added value services in the world.

According to REG, providing biodiesel at the new Houston terminal will offer significant value in several ways. First, REG-branded biodiesel will be competitively priced with #2 ultra low sulfur diesel throughout the year. Second, customers who purchase REG biodiesel will be assigned renewable identification number system, which are currently worth approximately $0.20 per gallon. As well, gallons of biodiesel are exempt from Texas' $0.20 per gallon state excise tax.

"These three factors add up to significant value for our customers' bottom line," said Gary Haer, vice president of sales and marketing for REG. "The current market conditions in Texas make biodiesel a tremendous choice for truck stops and petroleum distributors throughout the Gulf Coast."

Haer said that while B99 or B100 can be picked up from the new truck loading facility, several diesel terminals located in the area create options for in-truck splash blending. Every load of REG biodiesel purchased comes with a certificate of analysis outlining product quality. REG also has an on-site laboratory for ensuring quality throughout the biodiesel supply chain.

In February, Biodiesel Magazine reported that REG opened a new biodiesel blending terminal in Alamosa, Colo. (Read: "REG opens Colorado biodiesel blending terminal.")
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