NEW YORK, Sept 13 Flint Hills Resources is
bringing online the Nebraska biodiesel plant it bought out of
bankruptcy in 2011, marking the Koch Industries Inc subsidiary's
first commercial production of the renewable fuel made of
Flint Hills, the oil and biofuels unit of Koch Industries,
is ramping up the 50-million gallon-per-year biodiesel plant for
the first time and expects to have it pumping fuel at full
capacity in the next several months, a spokeswoman for the
company said on Tuesday.
The Beatrice, Nebraska, facility is a relatively large one
in a nearly 2-billion gallon-per-year industry that has begun to
recover and boost production so far in 2016, after struggling
with policy uncertainty and low crude oil prices.
The plant was originally built in 2008 but never completed.
Its new technology will boost "cost competitiveness" of the
product, said Flint Hills Resources Biofuels and Ingredients
vice president Jeremy Bezdek in a statement.
The U.S. biodiesel industry has been pumping out an
increasing amount of the fuel this year, government data show.
Flint Hills made its first foray into the biofuels industry
by scooping up an ethanol plant in 2010. It now owns seven, a
spokeswoman for the company said.
Oil companies have been building their footprint in the
biofuels industry in a bid to meet annual government mandates
requiring renewable fuels be blended with gasoline and diesel.
(Reporting by Chris Prentice; Editing by Chris Reese)