Refining Environmental Efficacy, Applications

How Neste Oil is going above and beyond renewable diesel production
By Bryan Sims | January 09, 2012

Finnish renewable diesel producer Neste Oil started up its 800,000-ton-per-year (240 MMgy) refinery in Rotterdam in September, and the company didn’t stop there. Together with the Port of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Climate Initiative, Neste Oil has also launched a trial where a port authority patrol boat will record 1,000 hours of operating time powered by Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel. The pioneering trial will measure exhaust emissions, such as SOx and NOx, and engine performance of the patrol boat, as well as gather operational experience.

“Our NExBTL fuels have already shown what they are capable of in terms of performance and lower emissions on the road and in the air, and now we will have the opportunity to see how our renewable diesel performs in marine use as well,” says Kaisa Hietala, Neste Oil’s vice president of marketing.

Meanwhile, Neste Oil made a major environmental investment in October at its refinery harbor in Porvoo, Finland, by installing a system for recovering volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when gasoline is loaded at the harbor. The new system, expected to be commissioned by the end of 2013, will reabsorb VOCs into gasoline during loading with the help of two absorption tanks and related equipment at the harbor, after which the gasoline used will be returned to the refinery for reuse.

—Bryan Sims