US biodiesel production reached record high in Oct – EIA

30 December 2013 18:27  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US produced 132m gals (500m litres) of biodiesel in October, the most ever made in a single month in the country, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced on Monday.

The figure was about 5m gals above September’s production, the government agency said.

Production came from 112 biodiesel plants with operable capacity of 2.2bn gals/year.

Producer sales of biodiesel during October included 92m gals sold as B100 – 100% biodiesel – and an additional 41m gals of B100 sold in biodiesel blends with diesel fuel derived from petroleum, the EIA said.

About 1bn lbs of feedstock – 551m lbs of it soybean oil – was used to produce biodiesel in the month.

Biodiesel production has exceeded targets under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) for two consecutive years and the figures put the industry on target to once again exceed annual volume requirements, according to the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel, produced from renewable resources. The most commonly used feedstocks are rapeseed, soy and palm oil.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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