Daviess Co. Biodiesel Production Plant

A $22 million biodiesel production plant is going up in Western Kentucky just down the Natcher Parkway from Bowling Green.

Owensboro Grain Company Vice President John Wright said the plant is on track to begin production in June 2007.

Wright said the plant will have the capacity to produce 50 million gallons of biodiesel a year making it among the largest such facilities in the nation.

The National Biodiesel Board reports that Americans used 75 million gallons of biodiesel last year up from 500 thousand gallons in 1999.

At the beginning of 2006, there were 65 biodiesel plants in the United States with a total annual capacity of 395 million gallons. The board said eight of those plants are expanding and 50 more plants are under construction.