“With this plant in the Netherlands, Neste Oil will become the leading renewable diesel producer supplying Europe from the Netherlands. Our investment also signals Neste Oil’s commitment to driving forward latest innovation with our NExBTL technology in Europe”, said Matti Lievonen, President and CEO of Neste Oil.
The building of Europe’s largest renewable diesel plant in Rotterdam port further strengthens the harbour’s position as the leading biofuels hub in Europe.
“We are very pleased to have attracted this investment from Neste Oil, which is testament to Rotterdam’s strength as a location attracting innovation and investment. With Neste Oil’s investment, we are truly in the forefront of supplying Europe with the most advanced technology in renewable diesel”, said Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam.
'Through Neste Oil’s advanced NExBTL technology, the Rotterdam plant will be best placed to make a significant contribution to Europe’s fight against climate change', said Frans Timmermans, Minister of European Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The plant’s 800,000 metric tonnes production capacity will be a major step forward to reaching the EU’s 10% renewable fuels target in transport. NExBTL, Neste Oil’s proprietary technology, is the innovation behind the world’s cleanest and most advanced renewable diesel. It contributes to 40-80 % reduction in CO2 emissions and independent research has proven that it significantly reduces tail pipe emissions.
Jarmo Honkamaa, Deputy CEO of Neste Oil and Executive Vice President in its Renewable Fuels Business Area, said: 'Our NExBTL renewable fuel is the most advanced diesel fuel that brings a cost efficient solution to reducing CO2 and local emissions. I am very happy to have this major investment in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, which is known as one of the leading EU member states in environmental questions.'
In its current NExBTL production in Finland, Neste Oil uses palm oil, rapeseed oil and waste animal fat sourced from the food industry as feedstock. Neste Oil is dedicated to sustainability in its feedstock sourcing, reflected e.g. in Neste Oil’s commitment to solely using certified palm oil by the end of 2015 or even before that if sufficient volumes become available. Most of Neste Oil’s research spending is used in developing new renewable raw materials.