Neste Oil brings pilot plant online, sells naphtha coproduct

By Staff | November 20, 2012

Neste Oil recently celebrated the grand opening of its microbial oil pilot plant in Porvoo, Finland. The facility converts waste and residue material into microbial oil feedstock, which can be converted into renewable diesel and other products via Neste Oil’s NExBTL process.

The first phase of the pilot plant was completed in August. As of late October, the facility had already produced microbial-rich biomass. The aim of the research is to develop a technology that can be deployed on the industrial scale. The process is based on a bioreactor technology where residues from the agricultural and pulp and paper industries are fractionated into sugars and converted into oil by microbes.

Neste Oil also announced that it is commercially supplying biobased naphtha to its customers. The substance is created as a coproduct of the NExBTL refining process. Naphtha can be used as a gasoline additive and as a feedstock for bioplastic production. Neste Oil is considering the commercialization of another NExBTL coproduct, biobased propane.