Diamond Green Diesel Expanding to 275M Gallon Capacity to Meet Booming Renewable Diesel Demand
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Louisiana, the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco will expand its annual production capacity of renewable diesel from 10,000 barrels per day to 18,000 bpd (275 million gallons per year), using Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining process technology.
We originally reported that the project, which came to light in August 2016, as a project scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2017, with production expected to ramp-up in the first quarter of 2018. Now, Diamond Green Diesel plans to complete the expansion in the second quarter of 2018.
Diamond Green Diesel, which is owned by Valero Energy Corp. and Darling Ingredients Inc., is the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the United States.
It features a cetane value of 80, compared with a cetane range of 40 to 60 found in diesel at the pump today.
Cetane values indicate how quickly and completely diesel fuel will burn. Higher-cetane diesel fuel provides better engine performance with fewer emissions. High-cetane diesel can be blended with cheaper low-cetane diesel to meet transportation standards. Honeywell Green Diesel also offers excellent performance at cold or warm temperatures.
The Diamond Green Diesel facility converts inedible oils and other waste feedstocks to produce Honeywell Green Diesel, a high-quality renewable fuel.
The Ecofining process produces green diesel or green jet fuel from a range of sustainable feedstocks. The developers note that it is:
▪ Is feedstock flexible: Process a wide range of oils and fat, without limiting sourcing capability to one type of feed.
▪ Reduces costs and risks of compliance: Make renewable fuels instead of buying them
▪ Has high yields.
▪ Has attractive economics with what Honeywell describes as “impressive payback: High IRR with moderate capital cost”.
▪ Can work as a standalone or as part of an integrated plant: leverage existing infrastructure to reduce capital and operating cost READ MORE and MORE (Honeywell) and MORE (Biofuels Journal) and MORE (NGT News)