Pacific Coast Producers Canola Plant Signs Biofuels Contract

Six-month deal calls for canola for Imperium Renewables.

Published on: Feb 3, 2014

Legumex Walker, Inc., announces that its Warden, Wash.-based Pacific Coast Canola subsidiary has finalized a six-month contract to deliver its degummed canola oil to Imperium Renewables, a Hoquiam, Wash., biofuels plant.

"We are proud to partner with Imperium, one of our local Washington State customers benefitting from our close proximity and load-out capabilities which allows us to ship multiple types of oil to our customers' specifications," says Matt Upmeyer, CEO at the recently opened PCP plant.

"Imperium is the largest biofuel operation on the West Coast, so this is a great fit for us. This is great for farmers in our region, bringing the whole canola industry in our area into focus. Not only are we sourcing seed from four western states, but the product is ending up in a western plant for biofuel production. This is an excellent marriage of two Washington companies."

Canola oil from PCC, shown from seed to pure oil form, is being shipped to a Washington biofuels plant as one of the first such contracts for the Warden, Wash., based canola processor
Canola oil from PCC, shown from seed to pure oil form, is being shipped to a Washington biofuels plant as one of the first such contracts for the Warden, Wash., based canola processor

The PCP grower signup in the area is "going very well," he says, noting that the recent Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association/Washington State University oilseed joint conference in Kennewick is a good indication producers here are "very enthusiastic" about canola production.

"The grower are very excited about canola," he adds.

Coupled with what he describes as "strong demand for canola and meal" from the PCP plant, which began its first full operation this year.

"The Imperium contract is another big step a we bring our facility to full capacity," says Upmeyer.

The biofuel industry is an important complementary market for our canola, adds Joel Horn, Legumex Walker CEO. "The Imperium business, because of it is delivered by truck, helps relieve the outbound logistical challenges we are facing due to the North America-wide rail congestion problem."

Legumex Walker is a Winnipeg, Canada, based company involved in processing and selling sunflowers, flax, canary seed, pulse and canola products.