ExxonMobil, REG to Study Biodiesel from Cellulose

John Davis

Big oil is partnering up with a giant in biodiesel production to explore the potential of biodiesel made from cellulosic sugars. This news release from Renewable Energy Group (REG) says the green fuel company is partnering with ExxonMobil to make the biodiesel by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste. REG has developed a patented technology that …

Biodiesel, Cellulosic, REG

Biodiesel Giant REG Says ‘No’ to Crude Oil at Port

John Davis

Biodiesel giant Renewable Energy Group (REG) doesn’t want to ship crude oil through its new port and plant in Washington state. This article from the Seattle Times says the Iowa-based company is leaving crude oil out of its plans for the mammoth Grays Harbor biodiesel plant REG bought last summer from Imperium Renewables. The document was filed in late November, …

Biodiesel, REG

REG Celebrates Opening of Washington Refinery

John Davis

Biodiesel giant Renewable Energy Group (REG) has cut the ribbon on its latest refinery. This company news release says REG formally opened the 100-million gallon capacity Grays Harbor, Washington, biorefinery, formerly owned by Imperium. “REG Grays Harbor’s addition to REG is a significant milestone for our company,” said Daniel J. Oh, President and CEO, noting that the plant is the …

Biodiesel, REG

REG’s Geismar, LA Plant Has 2nd 2015 Fire

Joanna Schroeder

Renewable Energy Group’s (REG) hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) refinery, located in Geismar, Louisiana, has had its second fire this year. According to REG, on Friday, September 4th, at approximately 12 a.m. central, a fire occurred at their Geismar biorefinery. In a statement, REG said emergency crews quickly responded to contain the fire and it was declared completely extinguished at 4:20 a.m. …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, REG

REG Expands Biodiesel Giant’s Iowa Headquarters

John Davis

Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, Inc. is expanding its Ames headquarters complex. This company news release says REG marked the ocassion with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 12,000-square foot space at 215 Alexander Avenue is just a short walk from REG’s main headquarters building at 416 S. Bell Avenue, which the Company has occupied since moving its business operations from Ralston …

Biodiesel, REG

REG to Acquire Imperium Renewables

John Davis

Biodiesel giant Renewable Energy Group (REG), based in Iowa, will acquire Seattle-area Imperium Renewables. REG says the deal includes a 100-million gallon nameplate capacity biomass-based diesel refinery and deepwater port terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Washington. Under the terms of the agreement, REG will pay Imperium $15 million in cash and issue 1.5 million shares of REG common …

Biodiesel, REG

REG Upgrading Illinois Biodiesel Plant

John Davis

Renewable Energy Group is investing $31 million to upgrade and enhance the company’s Danville, Illinois biodiesel refinery. This company news release says the improvements will add biodiesel distillation capabilities to the 45-million gallon nameplate capacity biorefinery, as well as making pretreat capacity improvements, along with storage, logistics and other optimization enhancements. “REG Danville already has a proven record of success …

Biodiesel, REG

Louisiana REG Plant Update

Cindy Zimmerman

Damage to the Renewable Energy Group (REG) Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery from an April 2 fire will take 2-4 months to repair, according to the company. “While preliminary damage assessments are still ongoing, the damage appears to be contained to a limited area of the production facility,” REG reports in an update this week. “The Company plans to incorporate a one-month …

REG, renewable diesel

Fire Shuts REG Louisiana Refinery

Cindy Zimmerman

A Geismer, Louisiana renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) refinery owned by Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group (REG) is closed after a fire on April 2 which injured two people, according to the company. REG reports that the fire was contained within a few hours and the two injured employees were in fair condition. “An assessment and investigation into the cause of the …

Biodiesel, REG, Renewable Energy