Transportation & Fuel Source Technology
Earth Biofuels Opens Biodiesel Blending Facilities
Distribution Drive, a wholly owned subsidiary of Earth Biofuels, Inc, today announced the opening of its new biodiesel blending facility located at the Motiva Enterprises terminal in Dallas, TX. Terminal-blended biodiesel is now available to customers of Distribution Drive in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
This facility was installed under an exclusive pilot agreement between Distribution Drive and Motiva, which allows for the installation of a 30,000 gallon tank and blending equipment on the Motiva Enterprises terminal premises located on Singleton Blvd. in Dallas, TX.
Tanker trucks can now load biodiesel fully blended with petrodiesel at the Motiva Enterprises terminal in Dallas, which will reduce transportation costs normally associated with the distribution of biodiesel blends. As fuel tank trucks fill at the loading rack, the specialized blending equipment reliably blends pure (B100) biodiesel with petrodiesel supplied from Motiva's diesel storage tanks. Motiva is believed to be the first major terminal operator to provide such a service.
Terminal blending is a time and mileage saving breakthrough for fuel trucks that would otherwise have to make two stops, one to pick up biodiesel and one to pick up petrodiesel. Terminal blending ensures the correct blending of the products and eliminates "splash blending" in which the two products are loaded at different locations and mixed in the truck. Terminal blending will provide a consistently high-quality, finished product.
Earth Biofuels CEO, Dennis McLaughlin, remarked, "We believe that this event is extremely important to the company. By having blending equipment on the premise of a major terminal operator on an exclusive basis, we are able to minimize transportation costs of both the petroleum diesel used for blending, as well as the final blended biodiesel product, since most major terminals have been strategically located to reduce logistical delivery costs."
"Piloting biodiesel distribution at our terminal helps to position Motiva to effectively meet the needs of our customers as their demands evolve," said Dan Grinstead, General Manager of Distribution for Motiva Enterprises LLC, a refining, distribution and fuels marketing company. "We are very pleased to work with Distribution Drive and Additive Systems."
Distribution Drive customers and distributors in the Dallas/Fort Worth area can now offer the biodiesel/diesel fuel mixture to retail outlets, such as Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores, so that biodiesel blends like BioWillie can be made available to truckers and other diesel-powered vehicle owners at easily accessible retail outlets throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
"Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores started offering BioWillie in two locations near Dallas and the response has been tremendous," said Mike Brakefield, Director of Fuel Distribution at Loves Travel Stops and Country Stores. "Motiva's decision to provide infrastructure for biodiesel at the same terminal where our Gemini fuel trucks are loading diesel fuel ensures that the Love's supply chain remains efficient and helps keep fuel costs down for our customers."
According to Earth Biofuels, BioWillie is a clean burning diesel fuel replacement, made from vegetable oil seeds that are grown by American farmers. BioWillie biodiesel fuel can help reduce America's dependency on foreign oil, provides superior lubricity and reduces harmful emissions emitted from diesel engines. Diesel engines do not need modifications to use BioWillie, and retail outlets can offer the product without any modification to their existing diesel dispensing equipment.
Earth Biofuels produces and distributes biodiesel fuel through the company's network of wholesale and retail outlets. The fuel is sold under Willie Nelson's brand name, "BioWillie." The Company is focused on capitalizing on the growing demand for alternative and renewable fuels in the domestic market. The Company's website is www.earthbiofuels.net.
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