Big biodiesel manufacturing facility opens in Washington

It seems that biofuels are becoming the solution to recover old factories or creating jobs in forgotten places. Such is the time for Grays Harbor, once known for timber, now hosting the States' biggest biodiesel manufacturing facility. Imperium Renewables formally inaugurated the plant Wednesday. It's estimated that 50 to 60 jobs will be directly created by the factory.
The plant, able to produce up to 100 million gallons of biodiesel per year, (They claim it's the biggest, buy maybe not. See 105 in Houston and 120 in Florida) is opening with concerns about securing raw materials (oil) and the lower usage of diesel in US vehicles. Nevertheless, Imperium Renewables announced that Royal Caribbean Cruises plans to buy 15 to 18 million gallons annually, which secures an important part of the production.

The facility is built close to the sea, to guarantee easy supply of palm oil coming from Indonesia and Malaysia (oh, oh... I hope not this one) and easy shipping via rail to Oregon and California.

[Source: Seattle Times]

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