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Year-Round Biodiesel Comes To South Dakota

Year-Round Biodiesel Comes To South Dakota

Heated storage tank to be installed at Sioux Falls blending facility.

Year round biodiesel is now going to be available in South Dakota.

The South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Harms Oil Company, National Biodiesel Foundation and Clean Cities have teamed up to construct a heated tank at a blending facility in Sioux Falls.

Biodiesel, in its pure form, is regularly blended at temperatures above freezing, so it was not offered for blending during winter months.

South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council is helping build a heated biodiesel storage tank at a blending facility, which will make it possible to offer biodiesel year round.

"This facility will offer year-round service that hasn't been available from a fuel distributor before, plus they will be capable of supplying an underserved region of the country," said Jim Willers, a soybean farmer from Beaver Creek, Minn., and chair of the Minnesota Biodiesel Council. "As a soybean producer, I'm excited that biodiesel will be more readily available to people who want it."

"Biodiesel is America's first advanced biofuel, and I'm excited to have this domestic, renewable fuel available year-round in South Dakota. This a great accomplishment for soybean farmers in the region, as well as an excellent opportunity for biodiesel customers," says Bob Metz, soybean farmer from West Browns Valley, S.D. Metz serves on the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the National Biodiesel Board.

"Harms Oil is pleased to be a part of this important addition to our region's fuel supply infrastructure, making biodiesel readily available to our customers on a year-round basis," says Jason Harms, of Harms Oil. "We are happy to provide this expanded offering, and we thank our partners for their support of this project. The improved facility will continue to bring our country another small step toward energy independence and improved air quality. In addition, we will expand the current offering to local markets for an advanced biofuel produced right here in the Midwest."

Harms Oil expects to complete the project in mid-November. A grand opening event is scheduled for Nov. 28

Source: SD Soybean

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