Countrymark Co-op has announced that it successfully moved a batch of B5 soy biodiesel through a private pipeline system – the first time this has been achieved in the US.
The blend of 5% soy biodiesel and 95% Co-op Super Dieselex-4 (210,000 gallons) travelled from the Jolietville terminal in central Indiana last week through an 8-inch pipeline to the company's refining complex in Mount Vernon, Indiana.
"Running this first load of biofuels through our pipeline means two things," said Dennis Reynolds, Pipeline Operations Supervisor for Countrymark. "First, it means we're safely, efficiently and economically distributing a premium blended product in the most controlled manner possible. Second, it means that we now operate the nation's first private pipeline network that has proven it can handle biofuels."
The load received through the pipeline was subjected to thorough sampling and scrutiny by an independent laboratory to ensure that fuel specifications and transportation expectations were met.