Refinery to make Renewable Switch

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Converting to a renewable refinery brings value to farmers and to drivers.

 

Cities and major companies across the U.S. are making the change to renewable diesel for their vehicle fleets.

 

Why the rising demand for this fuel?

 

Renewable diesel burns cleaner, meaning it will reduce emissions from vehicles using it. It’s a high-quality product made from renewable and sustainable sources, and is compatible with existing vehicles and infrastructure – all elements that align with Andeavor’s renewable strategy.

 

In August, Andeavor announced that its Dickinson Refinery, in North Dakota, would switch to renewable diesel production. The conversion is expected to be completed in late 2020.

 

When completed, Dickinson will be able to process 12,000 barrels per day from renewable feedstocks, like soybean oil and distillers corn oil. These feedstocks enable the production of high-performing, renewable diesel fuel without the need for crude oil. The fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the tailpipe by 40-50% compared to fossil fuels, and lower other particulate emissions like fine particulates, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide1.

 

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And the benefits extend beyond the environment—providing an opportunity for economic growth in the community through support of local soybean and corn farmers.

 

What really sets renewable diesel apart though, is that it meets the same standards of petroleum-based diesel. In fact, product properties are typically superior to conventional diesel, including higher cetane. Renewable diesel is a superior quality fuel that enables outstanding vehicle performance, and particularly well suited for cold weather. This means those fleets of cities and big companies don’t have to make any major changes or trade-offs, like higher maintenance costs. And for Andeavor, it means it can be transported and stored using existing infrastructure, since it does not require special handling or blending (unlike biodiesel).

 

The switch to renewable diesel is part of Andeavor’s broader renewables strategy and a great example of the company’s shared value business approach in action.

 

1 Actual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions may vary. Baseline data sourced from https://www.dieselforum.org/.