Construction Begins at the Nation's Largest Biodiesel Production Facility at Grays Harbor, Washington
The foundation for the nation’s largest biodiesel plant was poured on October 27 in Grays Harbor, Washington. Imperium Grays Harbor will produce up to 100 million gallons of biodiesel fuel annually, mainly from soybean, canola oil, and other extracts. The 12.5-acre facility can store up to 24 million gallons of biodiesel and feedstocks at any one time, spread out across eight main tanks and two reserves.
The project is expected to create up to 350 jobs during the construction phase and 50 long-term jobs upon completion. Imperium sells its fuels to local distributors and retailers, displacing fuel dollars that would have gone to overseas companies. The new facility will have the capacity to replace up to 10 percent of the state’s diesel supply.
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire said, "Alternative fuels will help bridge the rural and urban divide in Washington: we can grow these crops in eastern Washington, crush the seeds in places like Moses Lake and ship them across the Cascades for use in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia." For more information, see the governor's October 27 press release.
Imperium expects that biodiesel produced at the plant is expected to retail at or significantly below the cost of petroleum-based diesel fuel. For more information, read the Imperium Renewables October 27 press release (PDF 129 KB).