An award-winning renewable diesel producer plans to ramp up production levels with additional facilities in Singapore.

Neste, headquartered in Finland, produces clean fuel from waste and residues; as well as ‘raw materials for various biochemical uses’ at its refineries in Singapore, Holland and Finland. 

It has featured many times on these pages, not just for its innovations but for the company’s skill at spreading the message about the value of waste products.

These include its Christmas initiative, to collect ham waste from 100,000 households across Finland this festive season and convert it into renewable diesel; and another, earlier this year, where it took oil used to make doughnuts to do the same thing.

Neste now has its sights set on expanding its Singapore refinery by 2022, to increase capacity there by one million tons. It will see the construction of a ‘pre-treatment unit’ used to prep poor quality waste for reuse, if the plans go ahead.

“There were two equally good locations for the refinery, the United States and Singapore. We investigated the strengths of both potential operating environments, and also revisited our outlooks for raw materials and demand. Based on this overall assessment, we settled on Singapore,” said Kaisa Hietala, head of Neste’s Renewable Products business.