SeQuential-Pacific hits 10M-gallon biodiesel milestone
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel's Salem plant crossed the 10-million-gallon mark this week.
SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel surpassed 10 million gallons of fuel produced from recycled cooking oil this week at its plant in Salem.
Built in 2008, SeQuential-Pacific's plant launched with a 1 million-gallons-per-year capacity but is has ramped up recently and is currently operating at a rate of about 5 million gallons per year. The plant is rated for a 17 million gallon annual capacity but doesn't have access to the used cooking oil to reach that level.
SeQuential-Pacific, a joint venture of Oregon-based SeQuential Biofuels and Hawaii-based Pacific Biodeisel, has 60 employees working in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Through its subsidiary Encore Oils, the company collects used cooking oil from about 5,000 restaurants and other sites around the Northwest. The oil is processed at the Salem plant into biodiesel that's either sold directly to consumers for a price of $3.99 per gallon or sold through terminals and distributors.
Gavin Carpenter, Sequential-Pacific's vice president of sales and marketing, said the company is growing and continues to recruit new sources of used cooking oil. He declined to disclose the venture's revenue.
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