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jueves, 22 de marzo de 2018

Neste starts up the world's first large-scale renewable propane production unit in its Rotterdam biorefinery

Type of post: NEWS IN BRIEF.

The main product of the Neste biorefinery in Rotterdam is the Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The plant is fed with different wastes and vegetable oils which are processed using a hydrotreating process (see more information about HVO biorefineries). Also, LPGs are generated as a side product. They were used on site to fulfill the heat and energy requirements. But, in September 2014, Neste announced its intention to invest in a recovery unit to include biopropane in its portfolio of renewable products at the end of 2016. The new unit would purify and separate renewable propane from the sidestream gases produced by the biorefinery.

Finally, three days ago, Neste confirmed the startup of the world's first large-scale renewable propane production facility (see press release, 19/3/2018). The first cargo of renewable propane has been delivered to SHV Energy, who will market and sell the product to its customers across Europe as BioLPG. On Friday March 16th, the LPG Coaster named J S Caesar received around 1,100 tons of BioLPG. The new unit has a production capacity of 40,000 tons per year and SHV Energy will be the exclusive distributor, supplying 160,000 tons over four years.

Figure 1. World's first large-scale renewable propane production facility of Neste in Rotterdam (extracted from the press release)

BioLPG will enable users of conventional fossil fuels to reduce their carbon footprint, without any modifications to existing gas applications technology. BioLPG can be used within a full range of LPGs applications, for instance, transport or commercial heating.

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