OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) -- Renewable Energy Group, Inc. announced Thursday it will install a state-of-the-art pretreatment facility in Germany, enabling the company to refine some of the lowest-carbon-intensity, hardest-to-convert waste fats and oils for bio-based diesel production. The project is located on the North Sea harbor of Emden, Germany, at the border to The Netherlands.
This project will enhance REG Emden and REG Oeding's ability to produce renewable fuel from a wider variety of feedstocks, including "Generation 3" advanced feedstocks as defined under the Renewable Energy Directive II. This strategic upgrade will enable the company to continue to expand its strong global sourcing and trading position, produce more deeply carbonized fuel and better serve European customers seeking to accelerate their transition to cleaner energy.
The RED II policy incentivizes waste and advanced feedstocks as Europe continues to emphasize decarbonization efforts. REG currently produces approximately 50 million gallons per year of biodiesel at its two German biorefineries, delivering carbon reduction impact in Europe, notably with on-road transportation and maritime customers.
"This strategic investment expands our already wide selection of feedstock options that we run at Emden and Oeding today and qualifies us to better serve the growing demand for low-carbon fuel options in Europe," said REG President and CEO CJ Warner. "Upgrading our German production sites with our proprietary technology will position us well for the future, build on our supply assurance and empower us to further reduce the carbon intensity of the renewable fuels we produce."
REG acquired the bio-based diesel plants in Germany in 2017 and has since opened a global trading office in Amsterdam for sourcing feedstocks and selling co-products and fuels. REG has all required permits for construction and the project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2023 with startup by year-end. REG has selected BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH as the engineering, procurement, and construction partner.
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