Construction set to begin on Love’s biodiesel plant in Nebraska

Heartwell Renewables biodiesel plant


A large biodiesel plant being planned by the partnership of Oklahoma City-based Love’s Family of Companies with Cargill is about to see actual construction in the coming month.

Dirt work is still underway on the Heartwell Renewables, a planned 80-million gallon biodiesel plant near Hastings, Nebraska reported the Kilgore News Herald.


Heartwell Renewables logo on white background

Loves and Cargill announced their 50/50 join venture in April of last year. Under the agreement, Cargill provide feedstock in the form of tallow. Once the diesel is produced, Musket, the commodity trading and logistics arm of the Love’s Family of Companies, will transport and market the product in the United States.

“Heartwell Renewables expands the commitment from the Love’s Family of Companies to reduce carbon emissions,” said JP Fjeld-Hansen, vice president of Musket and Trillium, two Houston-based members of the Love’s Family of Companies.

“When considering the environmental benefits and performance enhancements of renewable diesel, the creation of Heartwell Renewables is a long-term win for not only the companies involved, but also for consumers and the environment.”

The production process makes renewable diesel chemically identical to petroleum diesel with significant improvements in environmental performance due to its drop in carbon intensity and emissions. Renewable diesel also has a faster combustion speed, which brings more power to an engine and has been shown to lead to lower vehicle maintenance.

Love’s Travel Stops is the nation’s leading travel stop network with more than 550 locations in 41 states. Love’s also includes two Houston-based companies: Musket Corporation, which specializes in commodity supply, trading and logistics across North America, and Trillium, a leading provider of renewable fuels and alternative fueling solutions, which offers expertise in compressed natural gas, hydrogen, electric vehicle charging, renewable natural gas, solar installation and on-site electricity generation.

Gemini Motor Transport is a nationwide motor carrier comprised of 850 trucks hauling fuel and refined fuel products included diesel exhaust fluid, propane, ethanol, jet, biodiesel and specialty products. Love’s has over 400 truck service centers, which include Speedco and Love’s Truck Care locations.