SG Preston (SGP), a bioenergy company, has planned development of a 120 million gallon renewable diesel facility in Lawrence County, Ohio. The SGP South Point facility will have total investment of $400 million, create 100 permanent jobs and be the world’s largest purpose-built producer of renewable diesel upon completion, estimated to occur in 2017.
A key component of the facility’s development is the licensing by SG Preston of advanced process technology which has been successfully proven at commercial scale at other locations. This technology efficiently converts waste feedstock into renewable diesel, which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel and can be used as a drop-in replacement in vehicles with no modifications. Moreover, this technology allows SG Preston to customize its biofuel offering by adjusting fuel characteristics to meet various operating environments (extreme cold or heat) of the end user without diluting energy content in the fuel blend. This technologically advanced process also delivers lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum.
Other partners in the project include the Lawrence County Economic Development Council, which is investing 62 acres in land and other incentives. The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth and JobsOhio were also instrumental in securing the investment and technology to play a role in the future of southern Ohio.
“For SG Preston, this is an important milestone and part of a larger vision of partnering with leading, global refining technology partners and local communities to develop a portfolio of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel refineries targeting 1.2 billion gallons per year, or 20 percent of the federal RFS2 biomass-based mandate for biofuels,” said R. Delbert LeTang, chief executive officer of SG Preston.
Pre-engineering studies for the facility are expected to begin in September 2014, with commercial operations targeted for 2017.
Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News