US biodiesel production to reach 9bn litres in 2019

US 2019 biodiesel production is forecast to reach some 9bn litres (128,000 barrels/day), a 77% utilisation of reported nameplate capacity, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The EIA released its first annual US biodiesel plant production capacity report on 13 September, which showed figures from 102 biodiesel plants, with a combined 12bn litres/year of production capacity as of 1 January 2019.

US biodiesel production reached 8.2bn litres (119,000 barrels/day) in 2018, implying a 72% utilisation rate based on the nameplate capacity level recorded at the beginning of that year, the report said.

More than half of the nation’s biodiesel production capacity was in the Midwest region, led by states such as Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. Of the top 15 biodiesel producing states, nine were located in the Midwest.

The names of the reporting plants were organised by Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADD).