USA: Biodiesel Plant Renewable Energy Group Completes Biodiesel Plant Expansion
Renewable Energy Group announced the completion of upgrades at its Ralston biorefinery increasing the production capacity from twelve to 30 million gallons (approx. 945,000 tons) per year. The company invested $ 32 million dollars to expand the production capacity as well as logistics and storage capabilities.
Ralston/USA — Renewable Energy Group is an international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and is North America's largest producer of advanced biofuel.
The company broke ground on the expansion in November of 2016 with an initial $ 24 million commitment. As the project developed, REG invested $ 8 million for additional improvements.
CEO Randy Howard stated that the investment to further expand production was was based on the growth of their feedstock provider (Landus Cooperative) and the state of Iowa's support of incentivizing higher biodiesel blends.
In total, the project included 150,000 man hours and onsite peak manpower was up to 160 workers.
The Ralston plant was first built in 2002. The expansion also included an upgrade of key safety items including a fire protection system and a storm shelter. REG Ralston is one of the company's 13 biomass-based diesel refineries. The producer has a combined effective production capacity of 17.8 million tons per year.