Renewable Diesel Plant to Expand Output

OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) -- Honeywell UOP recently announced the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco, Louisiana, will expand its annual capacity of renewable diesel from 10,000 barrels per day to 18,000 bpd using the company's Ecofining process technology.

Diamond Green Diesel, which is owned by Valero Energy Corp. and Darling Ingredients Inc., is the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the United States. The expansion is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2018.

Fuel produced at the facility is qualified as biomass-based diesel which is an advanced biofuel according to the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires a minimum volume of transportation fuels sold in the United States to contain renewable fuel as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"The expansion of the Diamond Green facility is a testament to the viability and growth potential of renewable fuels," said Dave Cepla, senior director of Honeywell UOP's renewable energy and chemicals business.

"The technology and commercial potential of the Ecofining process have been proven, and the best evidence is the company's decision to invest in expanded production capacity."