Diamond Green Diesel initiates engineering review for proposed expansion

IRVING, Texas — Darling Ingredients Inc. and Valero Energy Corporation announced that in anticipation of growing demand for renewable diesel due to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and global low carbon markets, they will initiate an engineering and construction cost review to analyze an additional project growing annual production capacity to 550 MMgal at the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, LA. 

The DGD facility is currently undergoing an expansion project that will grow annual production capacity from 160 million gallons of renewable diesel to 275 MMgal. This project is targeted for completion in Q2 2018.

A final decision on the incremental 275 MMgal of annual production capacity is expected in 2018 and will be dependent on further engineering and cost estimates, as well as the status of government regulations. The proposed expansion would utilize existing DGD infrastructure and be built on property owned by Valero. If a decision is made to proceed with the proposed expansion, the new capacity would be available in the first half of 2021. Current DGD operations are not expected to be impacted if the proposed expansion is built. 

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