Gulf Hydrocarbon expanding services for Mexican market

By Nicholas Zeman | December 21, 2009
Posted December 23, 2009

Houston's Gulf Hydrocarbon will now be offering biodiesel at the RTW Terminal in Brownsville, Texas, with plans to serve a developing market in Mexico. "There's no federal mandate, but the government has advised individual states that they implement they're own renewable fuels strategy," said Jess Hewitt, president of Gulf Hydrocarbon. In addition to truck access, the terminals feature marine transport and the Brownsville Rio Grande International Rail Road serves as an efficient means of rail transportation.

Biodiesel demand in Texas is strong. There are more than 40 retail pumps in the state, which puts it in the U.S. top five for retail availability. Biodiesel fuel terminals often serve a very local market. "Think of Wal-Mart's distribution scheme," Hewitt told Biodiesel Magazine. "They bring in products from as far away as China, aggregate them in a trucking center and then distribute the products to stores in the area. It's very much the same in the biodiesel industry-we bring in fuel from a variety of sources, some from long distances away, but most of our customers are within a 150-mile radius of the terminal."
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