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February 26, 2003

Two Large and Innovative Biodiesel Plants Under Construction

Two separate companies—one in California, and one in Utah—announced in late February their plans to produce biodiesel fuel from renewable resources using innovative technologies.

In California, American Bio-Fuels, LLC is constructing a biodiesel production plant that it claims will be the largest in the United States. According to a press release from Green Star Products, Inc., a part owner of American Bio-Fuels, the new Bakersfield plant will use a continuous-flow reactor and separator to achieve a production capacity of 35 million gallons per year. For comparison, the U.S. production of biodiesel in 2002 was only 15 million gallons. The new plant is expected to begin operating by midyear. See the Green Star Products press release.

In Utah, Smithfield Foods, Inc. plans to invest $20 million in a facility that will convert swine manure into methanol, which will be shipped elsewhere and used to produce biodiesel. Pending final approval, construction at the Milford facility will begin in April, and the plant may be operating as early as October. Smithfield Foods is the largest hog producer and pork processor in the world. See the Smithfield Foods press release.

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