Tucson to Open Area’s First Large-Scale Biodiesel Plant

John Davis

Tucson, Arizona will soon get the area’s first large-scale biodiesel plant.

Inside Tucson Business reports EDG Fuels, a division of Environmental Development Group, will open the refinery next month using used cooking oil as the feedstock:

EDG Fuels anticipates production to be about 3 million gallons of biodiesel the first year, with a potential of doubling to 6 million gallons per year.

EDG Fuels is collecting used cooking oil from Tucson-area restaurants through a program called Enjoy Dining Green. The company also is collecting used cooking oil from elsewhere in the country through contracts it has with chain restaurants.

The company then has contracts to sell the refined biodiesel to companies for their commercial fleet vehicles.

EDG Fuels is also looking at developing biodiesel retail locations in the same area.