World Energy acquires AltAir biojet, renewable diesel assets

By World Energy LLC | March 21, 2018

Boston-based advanced biofuel producer World Energy LLC announced that it has closed on the purchase from Delek US Holdings Inc. of its interests in renewable jet and diesel producer AltAir Paramount LLC, its Paramount Petroleum LLC refinery assets, both co-located in Paramount, California, as well an adjacent tank farm and most of Delek’s California pipeline assets.

The purchase includes a 63-acre complex consisting of a 45 MMgy renewable jet/renewable diesel production facility, 1.7 million barrels of product storage, a truck rack with 28,000 barrels per day of throughput capacity, rail storage for up to 70 railcars, and pipelines stretching over 71 miles connecting the facility to major southern California distribution hubs including Long Beach.

“This acquisition places us in the heart of the growing California cleaner-fuels market by adding to our platform the world’s first renewable jet refinery and one of only three U.S. renewable diesel plants,” said Gene Gebolys, World Energy’s CEO. “Our move into California, into renewable jet and diesel technology, and into expanding our downstream distribution capabilities are important next steps in our effort to establish a reliable coast-to-coast supply presence for growing blended biofuel customers. We look forward to being a great corporate citizen in Paramount and to making ever larger contributions to the nation’s quest for cleaner renewable fuels.”

AltAir co-founder Bryan Sherbacow said, “Supported by the frameworks of the national Renewable Fuel Standard and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard programs, AltAir converted a struggling petroleum refinery to one of the country’s most important renewable fuel refineries, while preserving and converting approximately 100 jobs to the green economy. I am proud to have led the development of AltAir, excited to have facilitated this transaction with World Energy and am thrilled to join the company’s executive leadership team to make an even bigger impact in California, North America and beyond.”

World Energy is one of the largest and longest serving advanced biofuel suppliers in North America. Founded in 1998, the company operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston, Texas; Natchez, Mississippi; Rome, Georgia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and now Paramount, California. The company also operates distribution hubs throughout the country.