August 3, 2003 (ENS): Two more biodiesel facilities
have opened up at petroleum loading racks, streamlining
the process of distributing biodiesel nationwide, according
to the National Biodiesel Board.
With its grand opening on Friday, Peru, Indiana’s
Countrymark Co-op became the nation’s first soy
biodiesel rack injection unit with custom-blending capabilities.
CHS celebrated extending its location offerings of
rack-injected biodiesel with a site in McFarland, Wisconsin.
In April, CHS opened the nation’s first facility
to offer pre-blended B2 - two percent biodiesel mixed
with petroleum diesel - and B5 at the petroleum loading
rack at its terminal in McPherson, Kansas.
In the past, petroleum distributors obtained pure biodiesel
(B100) and petroleum diesel fuel from separate supply
sources and blended themselves.
Access to pre-blended biodiesel increases operational
efficiencies for the distributor while maintaining integrity
of the product, and will significantly increase availability
to consumers, the National Biodiesel Board points out.
Although the majority of biodiesel customers are large
fleets at public utility companies, the farm is becoming
a market for the fuel. United Soybean Board research
shows 31 percent of farmers use biodiesel, with up to
50 percent using it in some states.
“Farmers believe in biodiesel and want to use
their own product,” said Bob Metz, chairman of
the National Biodiesel Board and South Dakota soybean
“They’ve invested millions of dollars in
biodiesel commercialization through the soybean checkoff.
By using biodiesel, we are investing in the life of
our farm equipment while helping the biodiesel industry
thrive. The result ultimately will be sustained higher