Motiva Enterprises LLC, a major
petroleum refiner, has begun to blend biodiesel
with regular petroleum-based diesel
at a Dallas terminal, a move that
helps get the fuel in the tanks of drivers. Motiva, the result of a partnership between Shell Oil Co. and Saudi
Refining Inc., gives significant credibility to biodiesel according to supporters. Says Paul Nazzaro, liaison to the
National Biodiesel Board, about the announcement, "Frankly, a behemoth step."
Motiva joins other
refiners blending biodiesel with motor oil at the terminal level including Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp. Sales
of biodiesel in the U.S. has jumped from 500,000 gallons in 1999 to 75,000,000 gallons in 2005.