Diamond Green making adjustment after renewable diesel plant start-up

27 August 2013 22:16  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Diamond Green Diesel has successfully started up its renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana, but will replace a heat exchanger at the facility to improve long-term production rates, a parent company of the joint venture said on Tuesday.

Throughput rates at the 9,300 bbl/day facility will be lowered to about 5,000-7,000 bbl/day while the replacement takes place, which is expected to be completed by mid-October, said Darling International, which owns Diamond Green Diesel along with Valero subsidiary Diamond Alternative Energy.

The Norco plant produces renewable diesel from recycled animal fat, with the end product being comparable to petroleum-based diesel and meeting low-carbon fuel standards, Darling has said.

According to Diamond Green’s website, the company would like to convert about 11% of US animal fat and used cooking oil into biodiesel.

Darling is a US-based recycler of food and oil products, turning such biomaterial into tallow, feed-grade fats, feed and fuel ingredients for use in fields such as oleochemical and biodiesel production, as well as in agriculture.

US-based Valero is an international refiner of fuels and other petrochemical products.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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