Bioenergy

TexCom Awards Contract to Lurgi PSI 35 mgy Biodiesel Facility

TexCom has executed a preliminary engineering agreement with Lurgi PSI, of Memphis, Tennessee, to build a 35 million gallon per year (mgy) biodiesel plant at the LBC bulk liquids terminal in Seabrook, Texas. It will be the first of several biodiesel production sites that TexCom plans to build and operate in the south central U.S.

TexCom will execute the engineering, procurement and construction contract when project financing is completed. Lurgi will provide the process technology, design and plant construction, using its continuous process for converting soybean oil into fuel grade biodiesel. Lurgi is recognized as a worldwide leader in the design and construction of biodiesel facilities, having completed numerous facilities in Europe and currently building a plant in Iowa. The TexCom project design includes the ability to store conventional petroleum diesel, allowing TexCom to blend and market B20 — and other biodiesel blends as well as B100 — onsite. Feedstock will be brought in via barge or rail to the site, located near the Houston Ship Channel, to produce the renewable fuel. Definitive feedstock and off-take agreements are currently being negotiated to ensure that at completion, the plant can move quickly to capacity. “We have been working diligently for the past two years to put ourselves in position to enter the biodiesel business,” stated Lou Ross, President of TexCom Resources. “This facility will make a strong statement concerning our commitment and capability to execute our biodiesel business plan. We chose to build at the LBC terminal in Seabrook, Texas because of its ideal location adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel.”