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Neste to acquire pre-treatment and storage capacity for renewable raw materials in the Netherlands

Neste has signed an agreement with Electrawinds ReFuel B.V. on the acquisition of a former biodiesel plant in Sluiskil in the Netherlands. Neste intends to use the Sluiskil plant for the storage and pre-treatment of renewable raw materials for the company's renewable diesel refineries.

NExBTL renewable diesel pipeline at Neste's Rotterdam refinery. From the Netherlands the renewable diesel is shipped to customers in Europe and North America (photo courtesy Neste).

NExBTL renewable diesel pipeline at Neste’s Rotterdam refinery. From the Netherlands the renewable diesel is shipped to customers in Europe and North America (photo courtesy Neste).

Finland-headed renewable diesel major Neste has announced that it has signed an agreement with Electrawinds ReFuel B.V. on the acquisition of a former biodiesel plant in Sluiskil in the Netherlands. The aim is to complete the transaction during the first quarter of 2017. The purchase price will not be disclosed.

According to Neste, the intention is to use the Sluiskil plant to increase pre-treatment and storage capacity for renewable raw materials in the Netherlands as part of the company’s growth programme.

– By acquiring the Sluiskil plant, we enable expanding our raw material base further. Many new raw materials are wastes and residues that are difficult to process, and they require good pre-treatment before renewable diesel or aviation fuel can be produced from them. The pre-treatment capacity and storage tanks at Sluiskil also contribute to facilitating our future growth, said Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President of Renewable Products at Neste in a statement.

Previously, conventional FAME biodiesel was produced at Sluiskil. The plant has not been in production since January 2015, and it will enter into pre-treatment and storage use after maintenance work during the second half of 2017.

In its renewable products business, Neste aims to continue to focus on refining premium-quality renewable diesel, which can be used in all diesel engines as such and cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 percent compared to conventional fossil diesel.

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