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Biofuel technology contract for Honeywell UOP

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has announced that its UOP/Eni Ecofining™ process technology is now powering the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the US. The facility has a processing capacity of 130 million gal./y  or renewable diesel.

Facility and fuel details

The Diamond Green Diesel facility, Norco, Louisiana, converts inedible oils and other waste feedstocks into high quality renewable diesel, also known as Honeywell Green Diesel™. Unlike biodiesel, the product being produced is chemically identical to petroleum based diesel and can be used as a drop in replacement in vehicles with no modifications. Renewable diesel produced using the Ecofining process also features up to an 80% lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum.

The facility is a joint venture between Darling International and Diamond Alternative Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Valero Energy.


Veronica May, VP and general Manager, Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Energy and Chemicals said, "commercial production at the Diamond Green Diesel facility is a significant milestone for the renewable energy industry. UOP has leveraged 100 years of refining technology to make real alternative fuels, including Honeywell Green Diesel and Honeywell Jet Green Fuel™, from a range of inedible biofeedstocks."

Randall C. Stuewe, chairman and CEO, Darling said, "the availability of sustainable feedstocks is a key driver for the continued growth of renewable fuels. One of the benefits of the Ecofining process is that the technology is capable of processing a variety of feedstocks collected and manufactured by Darling to produce high quality Green Diesel."

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.

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