Methanol recovery column insures the highest quality biodiesel and by-product glycerol
Vanguard’s spur connects to the main Union Pacific railway
Vanguard’s dock at the Port of Alexandria on the Red River
Vanguard uses used cooking oil, animal fats and virgin feedstock oils to make its biodiesel
Vanguard Synfuelsis a Gulf biodiesel processor producing high quality, high volume biodiesel using the best-in-class industry technologies to stay competitive. Our facilities are highly adaptive and scalable and designed to meet the ever changing challenges inherent in today’s biodiesel industry.
And because of our technological advantages, Vanguard is able to produce ASTM and EN industry standard biodiesel at less cost than most of its competitors. Additionally, customers have an advantage on transportation with Tier I logistics consisting of direct water access to Gulf ports; via the Mississippi to the American heartland; main-line rail service with Union Pacific; and, state-of-art truck loading/unloading and blending facilities. Vanguard has 16 million gallons in storage tanks for both feedstock and finished biodiesel.
Superior Customer Service
Count on Vanguard to exceed your expectations in every facet of the business relationship. We consistently meet the very essence of positive relations with customers at every level from small to very large biodiesel volume requirements. Our processing facilities are located on 320 acres at Pollock, LA, 19 miles north of main offices in downtown Alexandria(see map). Current production capacity is 15 million gallons per year and an expansion to 30 million is planned for completion by early 2012. By mid-2014 a further expansion (and technological accomplishment) will enable production of diesel fuel from woody biomass, typically called “green diesel” and will meet ASTM D975 specifications as #2 diesel fuel.
Vanguard has a range of customers, from local jobbers, regional distributors, oil refiners and those operating in export markets to companies who toll. Customer types include:
Tollers who provide their own choice of feedstock which they pay for and ship to the plant for processing. Once the product is finished and it’s certified to meet spec. the biodiesel is picked up by the toller. Sometimes these orders are specification specific (something beyond ASTM) and require Vanguard to implement chemistry and processes not typically used. However, by running consecutive tests and careful chemical analysis the exact final production procedures can be determined
Oil Refiners/Obligated Parties who typically provide from biodiesel blends to distributors and jobbers in their market area under new RFS2 EPA rules. Purchases are shipped via barge or rail primarily, and destinations range from the Gulf to west coast and midwest.
International marketers who usually order certain methyl esters (ME) such as those made from canola oil, animal fats (such as technical tallow) and soy. Then, the marketer blends these with their other ME stocks of B99 or B100 to meet benchmark cold flow plugging points (CFPP) or cloud points (CFCP) required of their overseas customers. Purchases are typically shipped 225 miles via barge to Gulf tanks and then transferred to ships bound for (mostly) Europe.
Regional distributors who provide from B2 to B99 biodiesel blends to truck stops, gas stations and to large end-user fleets across the Gulf coast region.
Local jobbers who purchase B2 to B99 blends of biodiesel through our Vanguard’s wholesale fuel rack. These customers are supplying to gas stations and directly to higher volume municipal and logging industry users in the central Louisiana area.