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Raritan Central to serve biodiesel producer at New Jersey industrial park


In November, Raritan Central Railway L.L.C. will begin hauling soy oil for one of its newest customers, BioEnergy of America.

The railroad will deliver the freight to BioEnergy’s new $6 million plant in the Heller Industrial Park in Edison, N.J., where the company will process the soy oil into biodiesel fuel.

Raritan Central expects to move 2,000 carloads annually for BioEnergy, which plans to produce about 43 million gallons of biodiesel each year. The company chose the Heller park location because the plant will be located near the end-user, and have access to rail and truck service, Raritan Central said.

“We have joined a significant trend in the rail industry — the emergence of biofuels as a source of carloads and revenues,” said Raritan Central President Eyal Shapira in the short line’s fall newsletter. “The biofuels revolution has also been a logistical challenge as only certain locations have the infrastructure needed to meet industry demands for capacity and market proximity.”

The 16-mile Raritan Central serves the Raritan Center and Heller industrial parks in Edison.

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