Biodiesel industry leader to acquire 105 MGY of additional capacity in Iowa and Illinois to meet diesel market demand.
Ames, Iowa (Vocus) May 12, 2009 -- Renewable Energy Group® today announced it has entered into agreements to consolidate with three commercial-scale biodiesel plants. Western Iowa Energy, which operates a 30 MGY facility in Wall Lake, Iowa; Central Iowa Energy, LLC, which operates a 30 MGY facility Newton, Iowa; and Blackhawk Biofuels, LLC, which operates a 45 MGY facility in Danville, Ill., are involved in the transaction.
The facilities represent an additional 105 million gallons per year (MGY) of wholly-owned production capacity which would allow the combined entity to better position itself to meet anticipated demand from the petroleum industry's distillate fuel market.
Ownership of the operations of all four companies will be consolidated in a new holding company to be named Renewable Energy Group, Inc. The consolidated company will be owned by the current members of the three acquired companies and current Renewable Energy Group (REG®) investors, including Bunge North America, ED&F Man, Natural Gas Partners, NGP Energy Technology Partners, US Renewables Group (USRG) and West Central Cooperative. The transaction is subject to approvals by the shareholders of all four companies and to other conditions, including customary regulatory approvals.
REG's chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Stroburg cited demand by major petroleum distributors and oil refiners as a key factor in the decision to move forward with plant consolidation. "As the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) takes effect and our nation moves toward energy reform, the distillate market is demanding technical expertise, dependable supply, more efficient distribution and creative pricing options from major biodiesel partners," Stroburg said. Under the 2007 Energy Indepen
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