COLUMBUS, Neb. — The new Sapp Bros. biodiesel blending facility will hold its grand opening in Columbus on May 24.
The new blending facility is located five miles from the Columbus NuStar terminal. Fuel suppliers can load diesel on their transport at the terminal, then load biodiesel at the Sapp Bros. terminal to the desired blend level. Fuel suppliers will have 24/7 access and loading upon approval. The biodiesel will be sourced from soybeans and BQ-9000 certified plants, assuring high-quality biodiesel.
Biodiesel is the only advanced biofuel that is commercially available and lowers greenhouse gases by more than 50 percent compared to petroleum.
Nebraska Soybean Board member Greg Anderson of Newman Grove said biodiesel’s environmental benefits are just one reason to choose it.
“When consumers have the choice to use biodiesel instead of regular diesel, they also need to realize that burning biodiesel is bringing revenue into our state and providing jobs for people, as well as reducing our dependency on foreign oil, which is really huge,” Anderson said.
Sapp Bros. opened a biodiesel blending terminal in August 2017 in Norfolk and will open another in Geneva this June. Funded by the Nebraska Soybean Board and with consulting services provided by MEG Corp Fuel Consulting, all of the blending facilities are within a five-mile radius of the diesel terminal.
“We look to put in biodiesel blending sites near the terminal because we want to make it as easy as possible for fuel suppliers to blend biodiesel with their diesel,” Hoon Ge, MEG Corp founder, said.
Anderson said approximately 23,000 Nebraska soybean farmers will benefit from the new blending facilities. Since biodiesel use creates a higher demand for soybean oil, the biodiesel industry contributes 63 cents to every bushel of soybeans.
“The Nebraska Soybean Board has done a lot of foundational work as far as education and networking with different fuel suppliers to show them how biodiesel can benefit their companies,” Anderson said. “Sapp Bros. has a big distribution network within the state and is highly respected. We’re delighted to be partnering with them.”
Anderson and Ge noted the success Sapp Bros. has already seen with its Norfolk facility.
“The more gallons they move, we know we’ve done our job of making it easier to get biodiesel in Nebraska,” Ge said.
The biodiesel blending facility grand opening in Columbus will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 307 13th St.