Milestone for Biofuels in Louisiana

REG Biofuels Geismar Louisiana

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. announced today that commercial-scale quantities of renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) produced at the company’s Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery are now available for sale.  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. is a North American advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals.

This is good news for a state economy that is very dependent on the oil and gas industry.  Currently, the State of Louisiana ranks 3rd in the nation for petroleum refining and 2nd for production of petrochemicals.  In 2000,  Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data showed that Louisiana ranked second in the United States for industry toxic releases (spills).  Transitioning away from dirty and toxic fossil fuels will not only help the state position its economy for the 21st century but could also  lessen the monetary and health costs associated with these industries.First Truck REG Geismar Louisiana

The first truckloads of REG-9000™/RHD produced at the 75-million gallon nameplate biorefinery since REG acquired it in June left the plant October 23. The advanced biofuel from REG Geismar, located south of Baton Rouge, meets or exceeds ASTM D975 specifications.

“We are pleased to be offering REG-9000/RHD for sale,” said Daniel J. Oh, REG President and CEO. “REG-9000/RHD is a new addition to our fuel product line-up designed to serve our customers’ needs for great fuel that also delivers towards our nation’s energy diversity, environmental and food security goals.”

 

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