Direct Fuels Opens Biodiesel Facility

John Davis

directfuels.gifIndependent regional fuel distributor and specialty refiner Direct Fuels has opened a biodiesel facility at its Euliss refinery in North Texas.

This Direct Fuels press release says it will be only the second biodiesel producer in North Texas and the only one at a fuel terminal where biodiesel can be blended directly into petroleum diesel:

“The opening of our biodiesel facility is very timely, as petroleum-based diesel prices soar to record highs,” said Warren Bonham, president of Direct Fuels. “The plant is centrally located in the DFW Metroplex, and offers diesel retailers and distributors easy and convenient access to both alternative fuels, as well as petroleum fuels. With our fully operational biodiesel and ethanol operations, combined with our existing transmix operations, we expect more than 40 percent of our 2008 revenue to be generated from renewable and recycled fuel.”

Direct Fuels has constructed a dedicated in-house laboratory facility as part of the biodiesel operation. According to Bonham, the company is committed to producing a very high quality product and the in-house laboratory allows real-time testing to ensure that all biodiesel produced will meet the appropriate product specification.

Direct Fuels has also started the process of obtaining BQ-9000 accreditation from the National Biodiesel Accreditation Program, which means they are undergoing a rigorous assessment of their biodiesel facilities to make sure they meet the highest quality production, storage, manufacturing, shipping and distribution practices. The company expects to complete the process by the end of the year.

This facility joins Direct Fuels’ Euliss, Texas 11-acre ethanol facility, making the company a major biofuel producer near the Dallas-Fort Worth area.