Neste Oil launches renewable diesel plant in Singapore

Eric Watkins
OGJ Oil Diplomacy Editor

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 -- Neste Oil Corp. said it has launched operations at its new 800,000 tonne/year renewable diesel plant in Singapore, a €550 million facility described as the world’s largest.

“We are very proud of the new plant and the NExBTL technology behind it,” Neste Pres. and Chief Executive Officer Matti Lievonen said of the facility, which uses the firm’s proprietary technology to convert bio-based inputs into a fuel that closely resembles fossil diesel in chemical composition.

Neste's NExBTL renewable diesel is said to be compatible with all diesel engines and existing fuel distribution systems. The Neste Oil fuel allows for a 40-80% reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions in comparison with fossil diesel, and its main markets are in Europe and North America.

In Singapore, Neste will produce its biodiesel from 100% renewable materials such as animal fat along with Malaysian and Indonesian palm oil.

Earlier this year, one executive said Neste would try to use 10-20% animal fats as feedstock, depending on availability, but that the primary feedstock would be palm oil. If no animal fat is available, the plant would need 1 million tpy of palm oil.

In its third-quarter report, Newste said the Singapore NExBTL plant will be ramped up “in steps to full capacity and there will be a time lag before output reaches the sales channel due to logistical reasons.” The report did not specify the reasons.

However, the Neste report did express concern over legislation in the “[European Union] and other key markets,” which could slow down development of the fuel.

“The implementation of biofuel legislation in the EU and other key markets may influence the speed at which the demand for these fuels develop,” the report said.

“Risks also include any problems or delays in completing the company's NExBTL renewable diesel investments or failure to capture the anticipated benefit from these investments,” the report said.

Neste’s Singapore plant is similar in size to another facility the firm is constructing in Rotterdam, which is due to be commissioned in first-half 2011.

The firm already operates two renewable diesel plants that came on stream at Porvoo in Finland in 2007 and 2009 with a combined capacity of 380,000 tpy (OGJ, Aug. 18, 2009).

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

Related Articles

Millennium Pipeline appoints president

03/20/2014 Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC has selected Joseph Shields as its president. He succeeds Rocco D’Alessandro, who held the position beginning in May 20...

ONGC Videsh names exploration director

03/19/2014 ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL), the overseas arm of Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd., has named Anil Bhandari as exploration director. In his role, Bhandar...

OGJ Newsletter

03/17/2014

International news for oil and gas professionals

Industry groups react to Camp's federal tax reform proposal

03/10/2014 US House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David L. Camp (R-Mich.) released a federal tax reform proposal that quickly drew fire from oil and gas a...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected