Gen-X to rebuild at Richland, Wash.

By Susanne Retka Schill | October 14, 2009
Posted November 16, 2009

Gen-X Energy Group Inc. has plans to rebuild its biodiesel plant and expand production 15 miles away at Richland, Wash., after its two-year-old plant at Burbank, Wash., was destroyed in a July fire. CEO Scott Johnson said the fire was started by a portable outhouse outside the building. The building exterior caught fire and heat damage destroyed the equipment inside.

Plans are being finalized to double production to a 10 MMgy multi-feedstock biodiesel plant. Rail lines at the 15 acre site are being installed now, Johnson said, and engineering work has begun on the site and tank farm. "We have the reactor part engineered already," he added. "We were getting ready to put our second generation reactor in the plant when it burned down." The new system will be less energy and water intensive than the 5 MMgy plant being replaced.

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