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Omega’s new, renewable energy resource

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Omega Protein in Reedville has converted from fuel oil to “renewable diesel oil” in its boilers.

The new type fuel isn’t made from recovered “turkey fat and chicken fat” as Omega spokesman Ben Landry recently joked, but from “grease, oils from the sink” and similar materials that wind up in wastewater, Omega’s Reedville manager Monty Diehl said Monday.

Omega entered into a partnership with RDX Technologies Corporation of Scottsdale, Ariz. to supply the new fuel. RDX “mines” its fuel from large wastewater treatment facilities, he said. The greasy materials tend to solidify and literally gum up the works at the plants and later create messes in landfills. RDX takes its equipment into the plants, removes the material and refines it into diesel fuel that is cheaper than regular fuel oil.

With Omega buying 1.5 million gallons of the fuel a year, that price reduction is significant, Diehl observed.

Not only is the new fuel less expensive, it is environmentally friendly; Omega has reduced sulfur emissions by 80 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent at its Reedville facility since transitioning from petroleum oil.

In order to convert to the new fuel, Omega had to modify its boilers, put in a new 200,000 gallon holding tank and modify its piping, Diehl said. The result is that there are…

—See the full story in the June 4 edition of the Northumberland Echo!