World’s largest renewable diesel plant opens

The world’s largest renewable diesel plant has started operations in Singapore.

The plant, which is owned and operated by refining and marketing company Neste Oil, has the capacity to produce 800,000 tonnes of NExBTL renewable diesel a year but, according to Neste Oil, the production capacity is set to increase and will be ramped up on a phased basis.

Costing approximately €550 million to build, the facility was completed on-schedule and on budget. It has created new jobs for around 120 people.

‘We are very proud of the new plant and the NExBTL technology behind it, which is based on our in-house R&D,’ said president and CEO Matti Lievonen. ‘NExBTL represents a major Finnish innovation in the field of renewable fuels and we believe that it has excellent potential in the global marketplace.’

Neste Oil has a similar-sized facility under construction in Rotterdam, which is due to be commissioned in the first half of 2011. The company already operates two renewable diesel plants that came on stream at Rorvoo in Finland in 2007 and 2009 with a combined capacity of 380,000 tonnes a year.

Source: Neste Oil

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