Diamond Green Diesel Initiates Engineering Review for Proposed Expansion to 550 Million Gallons Annually
(Darling Ingredients Inc./PR Newswire) Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR) and Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) (“Valero”) announced today that in anticipation of growing demand for renewable diesel due to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and global low carbon markets, they will initiate an engineering and construction cost review to analyze an additional project growing annual production capacity to 550 million gallons at the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, LA.
The DGD facility is currently undergoing an expansion project that will grow annual production capacity from 160 million gallons of renewable diesel to 275 million gallons. This project is targeted for completion in second quarter 2018.
“Diamond Green Diesel has proven to be a tremendous success and we acknowledge Valero’s engineering excellence as the key,” said Randall C. Stuewe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Darling Ingredients Inc. “Our partnership through DGD has created a sustainable and efficient process of converting Darling’s feedstocks into high quality biofuels to meet the needs of our customers around the world.”
A final decision on the incremental 275 million gallons of annual production capacity is expected in 2018 and will be dependent on further engineering and cost estimates, as well as the status of government regulations. The proposed expansion would utilize existing DGD infrastructure and be built on property owned by Valero. If a decision is made to proceed with the proposed expansion, the new capacity would be available in the first half of 2021. Current DGD operations are not expected to be impacted if the proposed expansion is built. READ MORE
Diamond Green Diesel considers expanding production to 550 MMgy (Biodiesel Magazine)
Excerpt from New Orleans Advocate: The Diamond Green facility is adjacent to Valero’s St. Charles refinery, which is connected to a major pipeline.
Darling, of Irving, Texas, supplies the feedstock for the plant, which includes recycled animal fat and used cooking oil. Diamond Green Diesel’s product is compatible with petroleum-based diesel and can be mixed into Valero’s general diesel fuel supply to produce a biodiesel fuel that meets low-carbon fuel standards. READ MORE