Nova Biosource Fuels Announces Achievement of 1 Million Gallon Production Milestone at Its Seneca, Illinois Biodiesel Refinery
The Seneca refinery layout incorporates three process trains, each rated at 20 million gallons per year. "Our startup and commissioning plan has been developed using our experience gained during the startup of the two similar 20 million gallons per year refineries we built for third parties in Wisconsin and Mississippi," said Mr. Hern. "Our plan is to commission the Seneca refinery one train at a time, spaced at 45 to 60 day intervals to smoothly integrate equipment shakedown, staff training, logistical support, markets and overall refinery operations to ramp up production at a methodical and structured pace. We could not be more pleased with the progress on the first train and are looking forward with great anticipation to the startup of the remaining trains."
When all three process trains are running at capacity, the Seneca refinery is rated to generate 60 million gallons per year of biodiesel from locally generated, low-cost feedstocks, including rendered animal fats and oils and recycled vegetable and animal-based greases. Mr. Hern also said, "Nova makes every effort to run its refineries on low cost feedstocks that are not acceptable for human consumption. Our objective is to produce biodiesel without using food for fuel if at all economically possible."