GUYMON — Pork producer Seaboard Foods isn’t wasting much time in its push to bring sustainability to its operations.
The company has embraced compressed natural gas as a cleaner-burning alternative to diesel or gasoline.
Subsidiary High Plains Bioenergy began using CNG-fueled trucks to deliver its biodiesel last year, when it added 45 new trucks to its fleet.
That number now has grown to 103, with Seaboard Foods CEO Terry Holton saying it could go even higher.
“Seaboard Foods continues to investigate other opportunities to integrate CNG into our fleet operations, and we are excited about the potential for expansion in the near future,” he said.
High Plains has contracted with TruStar Energy to build a large fast-fill CNG station in Guymon. The dual-compression station will be configured to serve a wide array of trucks that Seaboard and its subsidiaries use to move their products.
It will be California-based TruStar’s first fueling station in Oklahoma, but it has built more than 60 stations throughout the country since 2008.
“Building this station for High Plains Bioenergy and Seaboard Foods is very exciting to us at TruStar Energy because we’re working with another company with a strong commitment to renewable energy,” TruStar Vice President Scott Edelbach said.
“They are using their CNG-powered fleet to transport pork products and biodiesel across the country.”
David Eaheart, Seaboard’s director of communications, said the company is building a database of fueling stations so it can increase the use of CNG trucks in its nationwide distribution network.
He also said Seaboard will consider allowing public access to its new fueling station in Guymon, which could encourage others that do business with the company to use CNG as well.
Seaboard is no stranger to alternative energy, as High Plains has been producing biodiesel from animal fats since 2008.
It uses a process called transesterification to separate glycerin from animal fats and vegetable oils.
“High Plains Bioenergy is a renewable energy company focused on producing as well as using high-quality alternative fuels for the Seaboard Foods integrated food system,” Holton said.
“High Plains Bioenergy operates a plant that has been in continuous production since 2008 and produced more than 34 million gallons of biodiesel in 2013.”