Tesoro Refinery Looking to Develop a Vegetable Oil-to-Fuel Facility


The Dickinson, North Dakota-based oil refinery is planning to implement an 8,000 barrel-per-day diesel hydrotreater to process soybean or distillers corn oil into renewable diesel. The North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) has also awarded the Tesoro Refinery a grant to help meet the project's cost.

The new facility will treat 16,800 gallons of vegetable oils per day to produce a 5% renewable diesel mix. The facility will also provide an extra market for regional oil seed processing facilities. The company also explained that the product the biorefinery would create is a pure hydrocarbon stream containing no oxygen, unlike the traditional biodiesel, which is blended into petroleum diesel.

Construction on the facility will start in October, with production starting in late 2017 or early 2018.


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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