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  • Writer's pictureRon Kotrba

Seaboard Energy to hold ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 6 for renewable diesel plant in Hugoton, Kansas

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

Seaboard Energy's renewable diesel plant in Hugoton, Kansas, is scaled to produce 85 mgy using Topsoe process technology. (Photo: Seaboard Energy)

Seaboard Energy, a division of Seaboard Foods, has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 6 for its new renewable diesel facility in Hugoton, Kansas, marking start-up of production.

The facility has the capacity to produce 85 million gallons per year (mgy) of renewable diesel and 4 mgy of renewable naphtha. A feedstock-pretreatment plant constructed on site has also been completed.

Officials expected in attendance include Kansas’ two U.S. Sens. Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran, along with Seaboard Energy President and CEO Gary Louis, employees and other invited participants and guests.

Louis said the Hugoton location is a strategic advantage to the plant.

“I am thrilled that Seaboard Energy can continue to further develop our business footprint in this area where we first started doing business over 27 years ago,” he said. “The facility location provides Seaboard Energy a strategic geographic advantage to capitalize on the integrated supply of inputs from area feedstock producers, Seaboard Foods’ processing plant and Seaboard Foods’ farms.”

Seaboard Energy first publicly announced details of its renewable diesel project in April 2021. (Photo: Seaboard Energy)

The company spent more than $300 million to purchase and renovate the former Abengoa ethanol plant site bought by Seaboard Energy in 2019 to produce renewable diesel fuel. The facility sits on 100 acres, part of the nearly 800-acre site bought from Abengoa.

More than 300 jobs were created during construction of the plant, the operation of which brings over 70 jobs to the local community, according to the company.

In April 2021, Seaboard Energy announced details of the project, to which it had first alluded in a Dec. 31, 2019, 10-K filing.

In that April 2021 announcement, Seaboard Energy revealed that Fagen Inc. was the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project, and that Fagen was collaborating with Ford, Bacon & Davis LLC, Crown Iron Works, Chemex Global and ENGlobal Corp., in addition to multiple area contractors.

A month later, in May 2021, Topsoe announced it was providing its renewable diesel and hydrogen production technologies—HydroFlex™ and H2bridge™, respectively—for the Seaboard Energy project.

By July 2021, Chemex Global had shipped all modules and equipment for the Topsoe HydroFlex™ renewable diesel unit to the construction site in Kansas.

In October 2021, Chemex Global won an award for its work on the project.



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