Tampa Could Become Major Biodiesel Port

John Davis

Tampa, Florida could become a major port for alternative fuels… just in time as an area just up the road is expanding its potential to produce biodiesel.

Yesterday, I told you about how Groveland is expanding its biodiesel production capabilities and hopes to rival Houston, Texas in terms of green fuel refining. Now, GreenHunter Energy Inc. of Houston might be building a $70 million facility to store and produce biofuels at the Port of Tampa and has paid $1 million to lease a 22-acre site, according to this story in the Tampa Tribune:

The project would give GreenHunter a “foothold in a deep-water port that handles over half of the transportation fuel used in the state of Florida,” GreenHunter Chairman and CEO Gary Evans said.

The publicly held energy company owns and operates the nation’s largest biodiesel plant, a 105 million-gallon-per-year refinery in Houston.

The company is also developing six wind-power projects in Montana, California and New Mexico. In addition, it recently paid $2.5 million for a 14-megawatt power plant near Tallahassee that uses wood waste to generate electricity.