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Neste Oil expands its renewable raw material base with jatropha and camelina oils

Neste Oil will expand the raw material base used to produce NExBTL renewable fuel with jatropha and camelina oils. By introducing these new raw materials in its feedstock base, Neste Oil increases the proportion of non-food materials and raw materials that can be grown on cultivation areas less suited for food plants in its raw material procurement.

For the moment, only limited volumes of jatropha and camelina oils are procured to produce NExBTL. In addition to these new raw materials, Neste Oil continues to use palm oil and its by-products stearin and palm oil fatty acid distillate (PFAD), rapeseed oil, as well as waste animal fat from the food industry as NExBTL renewable fuels’ raw materials.

As a result of the continuous feedstock base expansion, the proportion of crude palm oil is expected to be less than 50% of the total bio-based raw materials used in the production of Neste Oil’s renewable fuel in 2011.

NExBTL renewable fuel can be produced by hydrotreating a variety of bio-based raw materials, such as vegetable oils and waste fats. About 80% of the company’s R&D costs totaling more than €40 million (US$57 million) annually are directed to researching renewable raw materials.

In the beginning of 2011, Neste Oil announced its aims to increase the proportion of different by-products and waste stream materials, such as palm fatty acid distillate and waste animal fat, in its raw material procurement. The waste and side streams are expected to form approximately 40% of the total raw material procurement in 2011.

Neste Oil continues researching the entirely new raw materials, such as microbes, algae and wood-based bio mass. In summer 2001, the company announced its participation in international research projects related to algae in the Netherlands and Australia. In addition, Neste Oil continues the research related to introducing the currently available raw materials, such as soy bean oil, waste oils from the fish processing industry, used cooking oils, and tall oil, to its raw material base.

Neste Oil says it procures only renewable raw materials that are fully traceable back to their source and comply with the EU’s sustainability criteria.

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