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Neste selects Rotterdam as location for possible next world-scale biorefinery

Finland-headed renewable transportation fuels and products producer Neste Oyj has announced that it has selected Rotterdam, the Netherlands as the location for a possible next world-scale biorefinery.

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Neste has selected Rotterdam, the Netherlands as the location for a possible next world-scale biorefinery (photo courtesy Neste).

Neste announced in March 2020 an intention to increase the production capacity of its renewable products in Europe. The company has now concluded a thorough study phase concerning the two possible locations, Porvoo, Finland, and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Neste has existing sites in both locations. While there are many positive drivers for both sites, the difference between the costs is significant in favor of Rotterdam.

I appreciate the open dialogue we have had with the authorities both in Finland and in the Netherlands throughout the study phase. We have witnessed a constructive approach to find the best solutions to support our future growth. Based on thorough studies and calculations, the overall cost of the investment is significantly lower in Rotterdam. Our decision relies on ensuring our future competitiveness and our renewables’ growth strategy execution, said Peter Vanacker, President, and CEO of Neste.

The criteria for site selection include current markets and regulatory framework supporting market growth, raw material sourcing opportunities, investment and operating costs, infrastructure and low carbon utilities as well as local synergies and incentives.

The key aspects contributing to the overall cost difference are logistics costs, site-specific construction costs, and availability of low-carbon hydrogen supply. Further, the Porvoo site is more complex which leads to a higher execution risk level and longer construction schedule.

Rotterdam, in turn, benefits from the proximity of new markets for renewable aviation fuel and renewable polymers and chemicals as well as proximity to raw material sources. Neste aims at creating readiness for a final investment decision by the Board of Directors towards the end of 2021 or early 2022.

Nonetheless, the company is investing significantly in Finland, and in particular, to the Porvoo site, driven by the commitment to reach carbon-neutral production by 2035.  Further, Neste is accelerating its investments also into future technologies and raw materials. Finland is, and continues to be, the company’s Research, Development, and Innovation hub.

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