Texas, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] GreenHunter Biofuels LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GreenHunter Energy Inc., announced on Friday that it had achieved 65% of nameplate production capacity (65% of 105 million gallons-per-year) at one of the country’s largest biodiesel refineries located in Houston, Texas.
The refinery is currently using animal fats (poultry fat and beef talloy) as its feedstock, but has used five different feedstocks (vegetable oils and animal fats) since initiating commercial operations in July.
“Our achievement of 65% of nameplate capacity has not been without challenges; however, the fact that we have achieved 65% of capacity in less than 60 days of operations and have produced a quality product that we expect will provide GreenHunter Energy with meaningful net operating margins is a landmark achievement,” said Bruce Baughman, senior vice president of engineering and technology for GreenHunter BioFuels.
GreenHunter also announced that it was planning to close the refinery until Hurricane Ike had passed through the region. The company will assess what, if any damage the hurricane caused to the facility and plans to restart biodiesel production at the plant as soon as possible.