SOURCE: High Plains Bioenergy, a subsidiary of Seaboard Foods

September 25, 2007 11:31 ET

Seaboard Foods Announces Construction Underway to Build Biodiesel Plant

High Plains Bioenergy Subsidiary Formed as a Renewable Energy Company

SHAWNEE MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - September 25, 2007) - Seaboard Foods announced today that construction is well underway to build a biodiesel plant in Guymon, Okla., with a capacity to produce 30 million gallons annually. The renewable fuel plant will use animal fats, including pork fat -- a byproduct from the Seaboard Foods' Guymon pork processing plant, and vegetable oils as the feedstock for biodiesel.

The biodiesel plant will be part of the recently created High Plains Bioenergy -- a wholly owned subsidiary of Seaboard Foods, focused on renewable energy sources from the Seaboard Foods integrated system.

"High Plains Bioenergy will focus on finding renewable energy sources from our integrated system and complements the proactive environmental commitment exhibited in our processing plants and on our farms," says Rod Brenneman, president of Seaboard Foods and High Plains Bioenergy. "We're always looking for opportunities to strategically add value to our system and the biodiesel plant fits well with our long-term plans. It's a perfect example of High Plains Bioenergy's mission where we will take a byproduct from our pork processing plant and produce a much higher-valued, clean-burning, renewable fuel."

Biodiesel is a renewable alternative fuel produced from natural oils, such as animal fats or vegetable oils, and can be used in any concentration with petroleum-based diesel fuel in existing diesel engines with little or no modification.

The plant will make biodiesel through a chemical process called transesterification where glycerin is separated from fat or vegetable oil. This process creates two products -- methyl esters, the chemical name for biodiesel, and glycerin, a valuable byproduct used in food, feed, drugs, cosmetics and lubricants.

The plant will use Desmet Ballestra technology to achieve the ASTM D-6751 specification -- the industry standard for high-quality biodiesel.

"Our goal is to produce high-quality biodiesel from this plant and to achieve BQ-9000 accreditation as a producer from the National Biodiesel Accreditation Program as soon as we can," says Robert White, High Plains Bioenergy plant manager. The National Biodiesel Accreditation Program is a cooperative and voluntary program for the accreditation of producers and marketers of biodiesel fuel called BQ-9000. To receive accreditation, companies must pass a rigorous review and inspection of their quality control processes by an independent auditor.

After a start-up phase, the company plans to hold a grand opening event in 2008. Once operating, the plant will employ 30 to 35 employees.

High Plains Bioenergy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Seaboard Foods, is a renewable energy company focused on producing alternative fuels from the Seaboard Foods integrated system. Seaboard Foods is a leading U.S. pork producer and a top exporter of pork to Japan and Mexico. The company employs more than 4,500 people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Montana and Utah. Pork products sold internationally bear the Seaboard Farms® brand. In the United States, Seaboard Foods markets fresh products under the PrairieFresh® Premium Pork ( brand and processed meats under the Daily's® Premium Meats ( brand. In addition to its food safety commitment, Seaboard Foods has been recognized for its aggressive research and development, and proactive environmental standards, including receiving the 2007 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award. For more information, visit or

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