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North Dakota Oil Refinery Plans to Co-Process Renewable Diesel

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by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  A Tesoro oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, has plans to co-process renewable feedstock along with regionally sourced Bakken crude oil to produce a 5 percent renewable diesel blend. Construction is planned to begin in October with start-up expected in December.

Tesoro acquired the Dakota Prairie Refinery in Dickinson last year. The facility can refine up to 20,000 barrels per day (BPD).

To co-process renewable feedstock, such as regionally sourced soybean oil and distillers corn oil from ethanol plants, Tesoro plans to retrofit an existing 8,000 BPD diesel hydroheater and associated equipment. The retrofit would allow co-processing of up to 16,800 gallons per day of renewable feedstock. The company plans to market the renewable diesel blend locally in North Dakota.

Tesoro has applied for a $500,000 grant through the state industrial commission’s renewable energy program. The total cost of the project, according to Tesoro, is $3.5 million.

Haldor Topsoe will also provide technical expertise in determining the catalyst formulation to achieve the desired process yields and an acceptable catalyst life, while maintaining desulfurization of the existing conventional diesel product stream, according to Tesoro.

“The process study will also map out the equipment modifications and feedstock handling equipment additions that will be required to co-process renewable feedstocks at the Dickinson refinery,” the company stated.

As an obligated party under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, Tesoro indicated the project’s motivation is the increased environmental value of renewable diesel under the RFS.

As an obligated party under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, Tesoro indicated the project’s motivation is the increased environmental value of renewable diesel under the RFS.

The company said the results of this project will help determine the potential for a larger future renewable project at the Tesoro Dickinson Refinery. READ MORE and MORE (Biofuels International)

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