High Plains Bioenergy, the joint venture between Seaboard Foods and Musket Corporation, is turning pork fat into biodiesel. The company’s new plant, located in Guymon, Okla., is currently producing more than 60,000 gallons of fuel each day and will produce 30 million gallons annually at full capacity.
"We’re committed to sustainable business practices and the biodiesel plant represents this commitment well," says Rod Brenneman, Seaboard Foods president. "This was an opportunity for Seaboard Foods to add value to a product and further diversify our operation. The result is more jobs and new opportunities for Guymon and the state of Oklahoma."
Pork fat, a low-value byproduct of pork processing, is efficient as a source of biodiesel. According to the company, one gallon of biodiesel can be made from every gallon of pork fat. Glycerin, a high value component used in a variety of products ranging from cosmetics to soaps is a byproduct of the biodiesel manufacturing process.
The partnership with the Musket Corp. was necessary "because we did not want to market or distribute biodiesel," Brenneman added. "We have no experience there and Musket is very successful both nationally and internationally. It’s a terrific partnership."