Renewable Energy Group, Inc., (REG) has marked the completion of around EUR 2.5 million worth of upgrades at its Emden, Germany biorefinery with a ribbon cutting ceremony with government and community members.
US-headed biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc., (REG) has marked the completion of upgrades at its Emden, Germany biorefinery with a ribbon cutting ceremony with government and community members. REG invested EUR 2.5 million for the installation of a new biodiesel distillation column and a thermal oil heater at the facility.
This investment is another milestone in REG’s European strategy to be a leader in delivering high-quality biofuels. Within this strategy, Emden is positioned to perform well with deep water access to receive and deliver products by vessel and can now meet or exceed the highest quality standards required by our customers, said Jean Scemama, Vice President, REG Energy Europe.
REG acquired full ownership of the Emden biorefinery in January 2017 after its initial majority investment in the former Petrotec AG in December 2014. Emden is one of the company’s two German biorefineries, along with 13 biomass-based diesel refineries across the US that have a combined nameplate production capacity of 1.7 million tonnes (≈ 502 million US gallons) annually.
This project is a result of teamwork across REG’s teams in Europe and the United States. Upgrading Emden’s distillation capability enables us to more effectively convert lower cost feedstocks into higher quality, lower carbon fuel that improves our environment, said Brad Albin, Vice President, Manufacturing.
Bernd Bornemann, Mayor of Emden, joined other government leaders at the event in praising REG’s investment in the community.
Since the 90s’, the city of Emden has engaged in renewable energies. We have created a climate protection concept, which is focused on CO2 reduction and a company like REG is the best that could have happened to us because it reduces CO2 with eco-friendly biodiesel for consumers, Bornemann said.