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Oswalt Bioenergy opens new plant to capitalise on potential in Louisiana

A new biodiesel plant designed and installed by Agri Process Innovations for Oswalt Bioenergy has gone from construction to full start-up within seven days in Lake Providence, Louisiana, US.

Plant manager Hal Oswalt and company owner Sonny Oswalt decided to go ahead with the 5 million gallon per year, multi-feedstock facility after sensing a real ongoing demand for biodiesel pursuant to RFS2 in the immediate area.

‘There seemed to be a real lack of plants in this area which helped us make our decision. In six days we were up and running at full nameplate capacity, with a product that passed all our testing,’ says Hal Oswalt. ‘The whole process from start to finish flowed very smoothly.’

The Oswalts utilised the Feedstock Financing Program offered by FCStone Merchant Services to get the plant running at full capacity and Oswalt Bioenergy expects to sell its biodiesel in the very near future.

‘There are still some registrations, RIN training and other small matters to attend to first but, despite other plants seemingly shutting down, we’ll only be hiring experienced industry professionals to try and make this facility a real success,’ adds Oswalt.