Omega Develops Diesel Process

Omega Protein in Reedville has developed a process which has converted grease to “renew-able diesel oil” in its boilers.

Omega entered into a partnership with RDX Technologies Corporation of Scottsdale, Ariz. to supply the new fuel. RDX “mines” its fuel from large wastewater treatment facilities, where the greasy materials tend to solidify and gum up the works at the plants and later create messes in landfills. RDXtakes its equipment into the plants, removes the material and refines it into diesel fuel that is cheaper than regular fuel oil.

With Omega buying 1.5 million gallons of the fuel a year, that price reduction is significant according to company officials, who say that not only is the new fuel less expensive, it is environmentally friendly.

Using the new fuel has allowed Omega to reduce sulfur emissions by 80 percent and green-house gas emissions by 85 percent at its Reedville facility.

In order to convert to the new fuel, Omega had to modify its boilers, put in a new 200,000 gallon holding tank and modify its piping. But the costs were far outweighed by the benefits and cost savings going forward.