Bio Diesel Plant To Open In Hawaii

John Plaza
John Plaza

(KHNL) - A new bio diesel plant opened its doors Wednesday in Washington State, and the company that built it plans to open a similar one here in Hawaii. The new plant will produce millions of gallons of fuel each year by the end of 2007 using renewable resources like canola and soy.

Imperium Renewables plans to open the new plant at Kalaeloa harbor. The 90 million dollar facility will be equal in size and production to the one that opened today in Seattle.

That plant is now the largest producer of biodiesel fuel in the country.

The company's CEO Martin Tobias says, "I never ever dreamed that I'd be standing in a facility like this in three and a half short years. Most of the time when I come out... I look around and I go I can't believe I got enough people to believe me to build this thing."

The plant here in Hawaii, is expected to create more than 50 high paying permanent jobs. Contruction on the facility could employ up to another 350 people. No word yet on when the company will break ground in Hawaii.