Diamond Green Diesel to expand production using Honeywell technology

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Renewable diesel producer Diamond Green Diesel plans to expand its annual production capacity of the clean fuel using Honeywell UOP's Ecofining™ process technology, to meet the increasing demand for renewable fuel in North America and Europe.

Diamond Green Diesel is planning a $1.1 billion (€1 billion) of its renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana in the US, making it one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world.

The company, which is a joint venture between Valero Energy and Darling Ingredients, currently produces 275 million gallons of Honeywell Green Diesel™ annually at its plant – the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the US.

The plant expansion, which is due to be completed by the end of 2021, will increase annual plant production by almost 150%, to 675 million gallons of renewable diesel per year.

“Demand has steadily increased for renewable diesel in the United States, Canada and Europe as advanced biofuel mandates seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jim Andersen, senior business leader of Honeywell UOP’s Renewable Energy and Chemicals business. “With the expansion of its facility using our Ecofining technology, Diamond Green Diesel will continue to meet growing demand for low-carbon fuels, and become one of the largest plants in the world for producing those fuels.”

Honeywell’s Ecofining process, which was developed in collaboration with Eni, converts non-edible natural oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks into renewable diesel, which can be used as a drop-in replacement in vehicles with no modifications to equipment required.

The fuel offers an 80% lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to diesel from petroleum, and also has a higher cetane diesel value, providing better engine performance with fewer emissions. The renewable diesel produced by Diamond Green Diesel qualifies as an advanced biofuel under the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard.