November 2012

Trends and Resources

HP Innovations: Innovations

Neste Oil makes progress on microbial oil plantFinland’s Neste Oil recently completed the first phase of a pilot plant for producing microbial oil. The €8 million plant is expected to be com..

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Neste Oil makes progress on microbial oil plant Finland’s Neste Oil recently completed the first phase of a pilot plant for producing microbial oil. The €8 million plant is expected to be completed in the second half of 2012. Commercial-scale production is anticipated by 2015, at the earliest. The first phase will enable the growth of oil-producing microorganisms, and the following phases will concentrate on raw material pretreatment and oil recovery. The goal is to develop the technology so that it is capable of yielding commercial volumes of sustainable, efficient microbial oil for use as a feedstock for NExBTL renewable diesel. The technology uses yeast and fungi in bioreac

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