Renewable Propane Delivered to Markets in Europe
The first shipment of Renewable Propane left Neste’s propane production facility in Rotterdam on March 17 and has been delivered to SHV Energy, which will market to its European customers as BioLPG. Initial BioLPG customers will be in the UK, Germany and France with shipments to Ireland and Denmark expected in the coming weeks.
Neste's propane facility has a production capacity of 40,000 tonnes per year and SHV Energy will be the exclusive distributor, supplying 160,000 tonnes over four years.
According to Neste, Renewable Propane will enable users of existing fossil fuels to reduce their carbon footprint, without any modifications to existing gas applications technology. Renewable Propane can be used within a full range of existing LPG applications, from transport and commercial heating to retail leisure cylinders.
"Start-up of the new production facility means that SHV Energy's customers in Europe will be able to use this new renewable product and enjoy its environmental benefits combined with ease of use in already familiar applications," says Ms Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President of Renewable Products at Neste. "For us, it also represents an important step in implementing our growth strategy for renewable products."
The Rotterdam refinery primarily produces premium-quality Neste MY Renewable Diesel from various waste and residues as well as vegetable oils. The new unit purifies and separates renewable propane from the sidestream gases produced by the refinery.