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Renewable Diesel Market Update

Renewable Diesel Market Update

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Update on global production for renewable diesel or green diesel. Published on December 13, 2010 on ICIS Chemical Business
Update on global production for renewable diesel or green diesel. Published on December 13, 2010 on ICIS Chemical Business

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ICIS Chemical Business
December 13, 2010-January 2, 2011
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A new breed of fats- and oils-basedrenewable diesel is now increasingits presence in the global biofuelsmarket as major players started upnew production facilities this year.In November, Finland-basedNeste Oil started the world’s larg-est renewable diesel plant in Sin-gapore, with a total capacity of 800,000 short tons/year (725,760tonnes/year). Compared with tra-ditional biodiesel production,where vegetable oils and animalfats are esteri
ed, Neste Oil’s
biofuel is produced byhydrotreating the feedstock. By-products of the process includesmall volumes of biogasoline, bi-ogas and water.
is a premium-qualityproduct with more complex pro-duction technology, which isalso more expensive than esteri-
cation of traditional biodiesel,”said Neste Oil president and CEOMatti Lievonen. “When it comesto product quality,
re-newable diesel outperforms tra-ditional biodiesel. The perform-ance and ease of use are alsoequal to that of petroleum dieselor even better.”The Singapore plant will pri-marily use palm oil as feedstock.However, Neste Oil’s
bi-ofuel technology can also userapeseed oil and waste animal fatsourced from the food industry.“The technology is
exibleso that, in the future, the rawmaterial base could also includejatropha, algae, wood residue,and so on. Neste Oil has an inten-sive research and developmentprogram focusing on new rawmaterials,” Lievonen said.The company is currently building a similar-sized facilityin Rotterdam, the Netherlands,which is expected to start in the
rst half of 2011. Neste Oil alsohas two renewable diesel plantswith a combined capacity of 380,000 tons/year already operat-ing in Porvoo, Finland.The Singapore and Porvoofacilities can consume as muchas 1.4m tonnes/year of fats andoils feedstock when the plantsoperate at full capacity, notedLievonen. The main markets forthe Singapore renewable dieselproducts are Europe and NorthAmerica, because of the biofuelmandates currently in place forthe regions, he added.
This year, the US biofuels marketsaw its
rst commercial-scaleadvanced renewable diesel inGeismar, Louisiana, produced byDynamic Fuels, a joint venture between food major TysonFoods and process technologycompany Syntroleum.Dynamic Fuels’ 75m gal/year(284m liter/year) isoparaf 
nicdiesel plant, which started in Oc-tober, also uses catalytic hydrot-reating of non-food grade animalfats and greases supplied byTyson Foods. The plant is de-signed to process 550m lb/year(250,000 tonnes/year) of feed-stock, said Syntroleum vice presi-dent Ron Stinebaugh.Unlike traditional biodiesel,the company’s renewable dieseltechnology does not require feed-stock with low, free fatty acids,thereby resulting in lower operat-ing costs despite the plant’s high-er capital costs, said Stinebaugh.“Also related to lower operat-ing costs, the renewable dieselprocess is much more suited tolarge-scale production and econ-omies of scale than transesteri
-cation,” he added.Another bene
t of isoparaf 
nicfuels is its feedstock
exibility.Biodiesel properties vary depend-ing on the feedstock used, where-as isoparaf 
nic fuels are the sameregardless of feedstock, saidStinebaugh. “It should also bepointed out that the last reactionstep in the process, hydroisomeri-zation, can be operated to pro-duce fuels with very low freezepoints suitable for arctic diesel orjet fuel use. The ability to producehighly isomerized distillate forjet fuel is another advantage toour process.”In late December, Neste Oil an-nounced that its
fuelwould be used by German airlineLufthansa for a six-month trial runin scheduled commercial
ights between Frankfurt and Hamburgairports, starting April 2011. Theaircraft on the route will use a blend of 50%
jet fuel and50% fossil-based jet fuel in oneengine, while the other enginewill use conventional jet fuel.
Both Neste Oil and DynamicFuels point out that their fuelcan be a drop-in to petroleumdiesel, as they already meetvarious standard speci
cationsfor diesel fuel oils. Theirrenewable fuels can also be dis-tributed through the existing die-sel fuel infrastructure.“Since our renewable dieselhas superior qualities to biodie-
Green diesel supply expands
Traditional biodiesel aces competition as non-esterifed ats and oils-based diesel supply increases
Neste Oil’s Singapore plant is the world’s largest renewable diesel structure, with a capacity of 800,000 tons/year

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