REG to Close Texas Biorefinery

OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) -- Renewable Energy Group, Inc. announced on Wednesday the closing of its biorefinery in New Boston, Texas, due to challenging business conditions and continued federal policy uncertainty, most notably the long-lapsed federal biodiesel tax credit.

The company acquired the 15 million gallon per-year biodiesel plant near Texarkana, Texas, in October 2012 and began producing biodiesel there several months later. The facility is capable of running both high and low free fatty acid feedstocks and has truck and rail access.

"We truly appreciate all the efforts of our team and those that support our New Boston plant," said Brad Albin, vice president of manufacturing. "They significantly improved safety, demonstrated capacity, yield, quality and costs. However, these improvements could not overcome the unfavorable economics of the plant relative to our other options for ongoing focus and forward investment."

The company is currently working with plant employees on relocation opportunities within the production network.

"This closure comes today as a result of the poor economics over the last 18 months resulting in large part from the uncertainty surrounding the Biodiesel Tax Credit," said Cynthia J. Warner, REG president and CEO. "Despite significant bipartisan support, Congress' inaction on this value-added incentive has led to unsustainable market conditions."

(BM/CZ)