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Phillips 66 and REG reveal West Coast renewable diesel plant plans

In the United States (US), Phillips 66 Company and Renewable Energy Group, Inc (REG) have announced that planning is underway for the construction of a large-scale renewable diesel plant in Washington state on the West Coast. The plant would utilize REG’s proprietary BioSynfining technology for the production of renewable diesel fuel. Planned feedstocks include a mix of waste fats, oils, and greases (FOG), including regionally-sourced vegetable oils, animal fats and used cooking oil (UCO).

REG is excited to be working with a leading refiner, Phillips 66, on a project that has the potential to significantly expand biofuel production in Washington state and provide low carbon fuel markets with products that are in significant demand on the West Coast. We look forward to working with state and local stakeholders to facilitate the development of this important project and increase the supply of low carbon fuels in the region, said Randy Howard, CEO of REG.

The new facility would be constructed adjacent to the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery in Washington state. The Ferndale Refinery offers existing infrastructure, including tank storage, a dock, and rail and truck rack access.

The proposed facility’s strategic location in Washington state would enable us to move renewable fuels more efficiently to support West Coast and international fuel market demand. We continually look for opportunities to provide our customers with a reliable source of innovative renewable fuels said Brian Mandell, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Commercial, Phillips 66.

This announcement follows more than a year of collaboration between Phillips 66 and REG related to site selection and preliminary engineering. The companies expect to make a final investment decision in 2019. If approved, production at the new facility is currently premised to start in 2021.

REG owns and operates 13 biomass-based diesel refineries, with a combined effective annual production capacity of 565 million (US) gallons (≈ 2.14 billion litres). This includes REG Geismar, a 75-million-gallon (≈ 284 million litre) nameplate capacity plant located in Louisiana that was the first renewable diesel plant built in North America.

In May this year, REG completed a capacity expansion at its Ralston biodiesel plant in Iowa. The 100 million gallon (≈ 387.54 million litre) per year REG Grays Harbor biodiesel plant, the largest biorefinery in the REG fleet, is also located in Washington state.

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