US biodiesel Buckeye Pipeline terminal restarts

01 August 2013 21:35  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US biodiesel Buckeye Pipeline Hartford terminal has restarted following a meter maintenance shutdown, sources at major biofuel distributor Gulf Hydrocarbon verified on Thursday.

Gulf Hydrocarbon is the provider of biodiesel at the terminal and said all functions are back to normal.

With the Buckeye terminal back in full operations, 24/7 splash blending of biodiesel for Illinois and Missouri markets is now restored.

Biodiesel blending at the Buckeye Pipeline terminal in Hartford, Illinois, had been halted by a meter shutdown due to maintenance needed on the equipment, sources said.

The shutdown took about 700 bbls/day out of the treated product diesel pool, where treated product refers to diesel fuel blended with biodiesel.

The meter equipment had to be “proved”, or verified for use, by the Illinois state government.

Biodiesel and diesel fuels at the location are available at an automated loading rack with high-speed pumps.

According to the latest report from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US produced 636m gallons (2.4bn litres) of biodiesel during the first six months of 2013.

Soy methyl ester (SME) biodiesel bid/offer levels in the Midwest were assessed at $5.00-5.10/gal FOB (free on board) at the time of the shutdown..

Biodiesel industry participants said the quick response of the Buckeye terminal and that work of the state of Illinois in restoring the blending facility to full use was applauded.

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