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Evonik Starts Up Operations at U.S. Biodiesel Catalyst Plant

1:02 PM MDT | May 1, 2009 | Robert Westervelt in Mobile

Evonik has started up operations at its 60,000-m.t./year sodium methylate unit at Mobile, AL. Sodium methylate is a catalyst used to manufacture biodiesel produced from sources such as rapeseed or soybean oil. U.S. and global demand for biodiesel has soared in recent years, but growth slowed in 2008 as energy demand and petroleum-based diesel prices fell. U.S. biodiesel production in 2008 rose nearly 40% to 683 million gals, as soaring U.S. exports, mainly to Europe, more than offset a drop in U.S. demand, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA...

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