Endicott Biofuels to break ground on biodiesel plant in Texas

By Bryan Sims | January 24, 2011

Houston-based Endicott Biofuels LLC has signed an agreement with KMTEX Ltd. to construct a 30 MMgy multifeedstock biodiesel production plant in Port Arthur, Texas. The proposed facility, expected to break ground for construction in late January, will employ Endicott’s proprietary technology to convert variety of waste fats, oils and greases into its trademarked G2 Clear biodiesel.

KMTEX will host Endicott as well as provide certain construction and operational services, according to Endicott principle Christopher Frantz, adding that the company plans “to get it up and running shortly after construction is complete to help the U.S. EPA meet its RFS2 mandates.”

He continued, saying, “Endicott is building an enterprise. We plan to build multiple plants like these once this one is complete. There are follow-on projects that are already in development.”

“We are extremely pleased to establish this new business relationship with KMTEX and with the opportunity to locate our biorefinery here in Port Arthur,” said Endicott CEO David Robinson. “Our G2 Clear has demonstrated the ability to exceed ASTM specifications for biodiesel using 100 percent waste materials and will have sub 60-second cold soak performance and very low carbon intensity, which means a fuel that is both reliable and environmentally cleaner than its competitors.”

Endicott’s proprietary technology is based on esterification technology developed by Davy Process Technology Ltd., a subsidiary of Johnson Matthey Co., a leading technology provider for the chemical, oleochemical and petrochemical industries. The integration of Davy Process’ proprietary technology into Endicott’s future biodiesel plant represents a new application for its esterification reactor, which has previously been used in six plants that can convert naturally-derived fatty acids into detergent alcohols.

In the process, according to Davy Process’ website, methanol vapor pass counter-current to the fatty acid in a resin catalyzed esterification process. Plants using the Davy Process take the resulting methyl ester through a hydrogenation step conducted over a fixed catalyst bed to produce mixed alcohols, which can be further refined. Additionally, the methanol can be recovered and recycled.

“Our extensive specialty chemical processing capabilities in Port Arthur are well-suited to complement Endicott’s unique production of biodiesel,” said Artie McFerrin, president of KMTEX. “We are excited to begin this fruitful long-term relationship.”

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