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Port and biodiesel company to announce big new refinery at Aberdeen…

Imperium Renewables, the parent company of Seattle Biodiesel, is slated to announce later today that it's inking an agreement with the Port of Grays Harbor to build a 100 million-gallon-a-year biodiesel refinery on port property in the Aberdeen area.

According to a company spokesman, the plant would be one of the largest in the country. (By comparison, Seattle Biodiesel's existing refinery makes about 5 million gallons a year.)

According to Sen. Maria Cantwell, the $40 million plant would employ about 50 workers.

The move comes at a time when biodiesel -- derived from vegetable oil -- is in some places cheaper than conventional diesel.

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