Neste Oil Corporation inaugurated officially new biodiesel plant at
its Porvoo refinery in Finland on Thursday.
Neste Oil Corporation has invested 100 million euros in new biodiesel
plant that has been under construction for the last 18 months.
Production at the new biodiesel plant will begin this summer.
The new biodiesel plant is the first of its kind to produce
second-generation biodiesel based on Neste Oil's proprietary NExBTL
(next generation biomass to liquid) technology. NExBTL renewable
diesel is a hydrocarbon and offers better product characteristics and
engine performance than first-generation biodiesels.
The new plant will be capable of producing 170,000 tons of NExBTL
diesel fuel per year from a flexible mix of vegetable oil and animal
Neste Oil Corporation is a refining and marketing company focused on
advanced, clean traffic fuels, with a strategy that prioritizes
growing its refining and premium-quality biodiesel businesses.
NExBTL is a renewable diesel production process commercialized by
Neste Oil. Chemically, it entails direct hydrogenation of plant oil,
which is triglyceride, into the corresponding alkane. This removes
oxygen from the oil. Unlike the yellow transesterified biodiesel, the
product is a clear and colorless paraffin, with a good cetane number
(85 to 99) and better properties than even petrodiesel. It requires no
modification or special precautions for the engine. Production is due
to start in 2007 at a capacity of 0.17 million tons per year. Since
Germany requires the use of renewable fuel, it is probable that most
of the production is sold there.