500-acre biorefinery site
GCEH's retooled biorefinery is on schedule to be operational in Q1 2022
GCEH's wholly owned subsidiary Bakersfield Renewable Fuels (BKRF) acquired a dormant crude oil refinery in Bakersfield, California in May 2020.
Our plan includes co-locating agricultural-processing assets, biofuels production assets, and other alternative energy technologies within our 510-acre biorefinery site for the first co-location of its kind. This will allow all the facilities to optimize operations, improve energy utilization and logistics capacity directly in the markets we serve.
Integrating agricultural processing with the biorefinery process is another important way GCEH will capture significant margins.
When purchased, the refinery was equipped with the majority of the processing and
infrastructure required, including more than 2.0 million barrels, or 85 million gallons, of liquid storage.
The refinery retooling is well underway.
Oilseed extraction facilities are planned to be constructed and co-located on the site. Once completed, it will be the largest crush plant in the Western US.
Our location in California's San Joaquin Valley offers ideal access to all West Coast markets. California's and Oregon's clean air initiatives ensure long-term, local and regional market demand for our ultra-low-carbon fuels.
BKRF will produce renewable diesel initially from both SusOils’ proprietary camelina as well
BKRF will create 100+ cleantech jobs.
as a traditional slate of renewable feedstocks such as vegetable oils, waste fats, and greases.
Once operating at full design capacity, our biorefinery would produce up to 15,000 barrels per day (BPD) of renewable diesel (RD), making it the largest biorefinery in the Western US and the 2nd largest in North America.
Opportunities for expansion
The 510-acre BKRF biorefinery site is located directly on a BNSF rail mainline, and is well connected via interstate highways and pipelines to the California and West Coast markets.
Substantial infrastructure for grid power, water, gas, water treatment and disposal is in place and fully permitted.
The large amount of unused acreage allows for expansion, including the possibility of onsite utility-scale solar power generation.