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Customer references: Biofuels

The biggest biorefinery in the world

Founded in 1948, Neste produces and sells petroleum products, particularly fuels, lubricants, solvents, LPG and bitumen. It has refineries in four countries, and operates the largest chain of service stations in Finland. The company researches innovative new technologies and develops existing processes. Neste has become a world leader in renewable diesel fuel due to its NEXBTL process technology, which uses waste fat, vegetable oil, and other similar feedstock to make diesel.

Following the success of its refineries in Finland, Neste wanted to build the world’s largest and most advanced facility for high-quality renewable diesel, fully compatible with existing diesel engines. This plant should also produce renewable aviation fuel. Singapore was chosen because it has particularly good access to feedstock like sustainable palm oil from Asia, and waste animal fat from Australia and New Zealand. In addition, as the third-largest centre of oil refining in the world, Singapore already had the necessary refinery infrastructure in place.

Neste Engineering Solutions developed and delivered a FEED package for the production process with a capacity of 800,000 metric tons per year, over four times that of the previous NEXBTL refineries. Since then Neste Engineering Solutions has provided engineering support for smaller modifications, EPCM services for investment projects, training simulation programs and plant information services. This modification work gradually improves capacity and develops a larger feedstock base. At the time it was opened in 2010, the Singapore plant was the largest renewable diesel plant in the world. Now it shares that honour with its sister plant in Rotterdam.

To achieve these results, Neste Engineering Solutions delivered:

  • FEED package
  • Commissioning and start-up support
  • Management consultation and PCM services
  • Owner’s licensing support
  • Training and information services

Key customer benefits

  • Technology co-development of new production process based on simulations and track-record from existing refineries
  • Management of contractors in owners’ team
  • Fully-automated process with training simulators

The biggest biorefinery in Europe

Founded in 1948, Neste produces and sells petroleum products, particularly fuels, lubricants, solvents, LPG and bitumen. It has plants in four countries, and runs the largest chain of service stations in Finland. The company does research on innovative new technologies and works on improving existing processes. Neste has become a world famous producer of renewable diesel fuel due to its NEXBTL process technology, which uses waste fat, vegetable oil, and other similar feedstocks to make diesel.

After building the world’s largest and most advanced refinery for high-quality renewable diesel in Singapore, Neste wanted a sister refinery for the European market. Rotterdam was chosen because it is the largest port in Europe, close to important market areas, and a hub of product and raw material flows, so a well-established infrastructure already existed for input and output logistics. Like its duplicate in Singapore, it is able to process vegetable oils, palm oil, waste animal fat and other sustainable feedstocks.

The Rotterdam plant was based around the FEED package made for the very successful Singapore plant. Identical in scope and size to Singapore, Neste built their second facility with a production capacity of 800,000 metric tons per year, and production went online in 2011.Since then Neste Engineering Solutions has provided engineering support for smaller modifications, EPM services for investment projects, training simulation programs and plant information services. This modification work gradually improves capacity and develops a larger feedstock base. The Rotterdam refinery is now the largest producer of renewable diesel in Europe.

To achieve these results, Neste Engineering Solutions delivered:

  • Process development and design
  • Commissioning and start-up support
  • Management consultation and PCM services
  • Owner’s licensing support
  • Training and information services

Key customer benefits

  • Technology co-development of new production process based on simulations and track-record from existing refineries
  • Management of contractors in owners’ team
  • Fully automated process with training simulators

Success with a pioneering renewable fuel

Founded in 1948, Neste produces and sells petroleum products, particularly fuels, lubricants, solvents, LPG and bitumen. It has production operations in four countries, and owns the largest chain of service stations in Finland. The company also conducts its own research into innovative new technologies and the development of existing processes. Neste has become a forerunner in renewable diesel due to its NEXBTL technology, which produces renewable diesel using waste fat or vegetable oil feedstock.

Neste and Neste Engineering Solutions started a technology co-development project to design a new production process to get renewable diesel from palm oil. The product is now better than fossil diesel fuel, free of aromatics and sulphur, with excellent technical features and fully compatible with existing distribution system and engines. The renewable feedstock has been expanded to waste fat, crude vegetable oils, and new possibilities are continuously tried out.

Based on data from process development and simulations, without building a pilot plant, Neste Engineering Solutions managed two investment projects involving engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) to build two new production process lines in Porvoo, south-east Finland. The first refinery was completed in 2007, and its success prompted a second in 2009. As it was something new, Neste Engineering Solutions played an important role in the development of the technology involved in these landmark projects, and continues to be involved as the technology improves over time.

To achieve these results, Neste Engineering Solutions delivered:

  • Technology co-development simulation of complete process
  • Full EPCM services
  • User training

Key customer benefits

  • Fast-track delivery without pilot phase
  • Help from experienced process designers in production improvements and maintenance modifications
  • Proof that the developed technology was successful
  • Production process improvement to increase capacity by 100%