Pipeline Connection Makes for ‘the Most Efficient Logistics Possible’
Hamilton, Ont.-based Biox Corp has an agreement to supply biodiesel to Shell Canada to satisfy a 2% federal renewables requirement. The two companies will share the cost of a pipeline to connect the Biox facility in Hamilton to Shell’s immediately adjacent distribution terminal by late this year.
“This agreement provides Shell Canada access to a secure, stable supply of renewable content for our diesel with the most efficient logistics possible,” Shell Canada business development lead Esther Atere says in a Biox release.
“As well, it will assist Shell Canada in achieving the federal mandate of 2% renewable content in diesel fuel and heating distillate oil requirements,” she said.
Biox’s Hamilton facility has a nameplate capacity of 67 million liters per year, nearly 18 million U.S. gallons. Biox (Toronto:BX) claims a proprietary and patented two-step, single phase, continuous process that produces biodiesel at atmospheric pressures and near-ambient temperatures.
Biox says it turns out “the highest quality, renewable, clean burning and biodegradable biodiesel fuel utilizing a variety of feedstocks – from pure seed oils to animal fats to recovered vegetable oils with no change to the production process.”
Superior Process Claimed
“Our process allows us to achieve feedstock conversion yields of greater than 99% even when using higher FFA (free fatty acid) feedstocks such as animal fats or crude palm oil,” the company says. “We recapture 99.9% of the co-solvent and excess methanol we use in our process, which is then recycled and reused.”
Currently, Biox says, “essentially all” of its biodiesel production is sold into the U.S.
“This agreement is a great example of how the renewable fuels industry can work with the petroleum industry,” said Biox CEO Kevin Norton. “Shell is investing in its distribution terminal to blend renewable content in diesel and we are investing alongside them to deliver biodiesel in the most efficient manner possible, through a pipe across the property line.”
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Source: Biox Corp release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up