Big Island Biodiesel grand opening ceremony planned for July 2

By Ron Kotrba | June 12, 2012

Pacific Biodiesel will hold a grand opening ceremony July 2 for its newest, most technologically advanced biodiesel facility, Big Island Biodiesel. The plant, Pacific Biodiesel’s thirteenth, is scaled at 5.5 MMgy and is designed for expansion.

The new production facility is designed to process multiple feedstocks, including locally collected used cooking oil, trap grease, animal fats and virgin vegetable oils.

First Hawaiian Bank helped finance the project with a USDA Rural Development loan guarantee.

The Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ engineering team, run by Engineering Manager Will Smith, designed Big Island Biodiesel with the most superefficient, state-of-the-art, zerowaste technology developed to date.

Pacific Biodiesel said the construction and installation of all buildings, tanks and nonproprietary technical equipment brought 85 jobs to the local community. A job fair for staffing the plant was held on-site in March and brought 150 applicants. Hiring for permanent plant jobs began in May.

Pacific Biodiesel Logistics, the trucking division of the company, collects local feedstock in the form of used cooking oil and grease trap waste from restaurants, hotels and other food service facilities throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

The ceremony will begin at 9am on July 2 at 16-240 Mikahala Street in the Shipman Business Park in Keaau.


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