Renewable diesel plant in the planning stages for Port Arthur, Texas
Valero Energy and Darling Ingredients said Monday they're planning to build a massive renewable diesel refinery in Port Arthur.Fast food restaurants are a likely source for the used cooking oil. The project makes more sense than most other alternative energy projects.
The companies, which have a 50-50 joint venture called Diamond Green Diesel, would build the first-ever renewable diesel plant in Texas. They're currently in the early engineering and cost review stages, so the project isn't definitely going forward, but it's clear they want to make the project happen.
Renewable diesel is a much cleaner product that doesn't rely on fossil fuels, instead making diesel out of waste animal fats and waste vegetable oils, including used cooking oil and inedible corn oil.
Renewable diesel uses similar ingredients as biofuels, but it is more chemically similar to crude oil-based diesel and can more easily be used in conventional engines without as many blending ingredients.
Valero Chief Executive Joe Gorder said he expected more political mandates for low-carbon fuels across the globe to continue to drive demand growth for renewable diesel fuels.