Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable diesel is to be trialed in day-to-day use in Finland by a fleet of road tanker trucks from the beginning of June onwards. The trial will last around a year and will involve 23 vehicles in Neste Oil livery operated by seven different companies. The vehicles will fill up with 100% NExBTL renewable diesel at the Neste Oil Truck station at the distribution terminal adjacent to the company's Porvoo refinery. The trial will monitor how NExBTL performs in trucks covering long distances and carrying heavy loads under a variety of climatic conditions.
"Fuel quality is a key issue for truck and bus companies, and the aim of the new trial is to further confirm the suitability of NExBTL renewable diesel for use in the tough and challenging conditions these companies encounter," says Kaisa Hietala, Neste Oil's Vice President, Marketing, Renewable Fuels.
"Good logistics play a central role in keeping society running efficiently today and will continue to do so in the future - and road transport needs technologies and solutions that can help reduce its impact on the environment," continues Kaisa Hietala.
Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable diesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% over the product's entire life cycle compared to fossil diesel. Its use also reduces local emissions significantly and helps improve urban air quality. NExBTL renewable diesel is a sulfur-free, oxygen-free, nitrogen-free, and odorless fuel compatible with all current diesel engines. Developed in collaboration with leading automotive manufacturers, it meets the toughest quality and environmental standards and its technical properties exceed those of both conventional biodiesel and fossil diesel.
Neste Oil has previously trialed NExBTL renewable diesel extensively under field conditions in public transport buses in Greater Helsinki, with excellent results. A fleet of 14 standard Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses in Germany have used 100% NExBTL since mid-2008 and have driven over 1 million kilometers to date. Other trials have also been carried out in Canada and Germany. NExBTL renewable diesel is currently used in buses in Greater Helsinki and by a number of oil companies. Neste Green diesel, containing a minimum of 10% NExBTL renewable diesel, has been available to Finnish drivers since 2008.
Neste Oil Corporation
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Kaisa Hietala, Vice President, Oil Products and Renewables, Marketing, tel. +65 972 35 992
Neste Oil in brief
Neste Oil Corporation is a refining and marketing company concentrating on low-emission, high-quality traffic fuels. The company produces a comprehensive range of major petroleum products and is the world's leading supplier of renewable diesel. The company had net sales of EUR 11.9 billion in 2010 and employs around 5,000 people. Neste Oil's share is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
Neste Oil has been selected into the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and is also featured in the Ethibel Excellence Investment Register. The company is included in The Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable corporations. Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) has ranked Neste Oil as the best performer in the oil & gas sector.
Further information: www.nesteoil.com
NExBTL renewable diesel in brief
Based on Neste Oil's proprietary technology, premium-quality NExBTL renewable diesel is the most advanced diesel fuel on the market today. It easily outperforms both conventional biodiesel and fossil diesel, and can be produced from a flexible mix of vegetable oils and waste animal fat sourced from the food industry. Neste Oil's procurement chain ensures that all the raw materials it uses for NExBTL are produced responsibly. NExBTL renewable diesel has been shown to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 50% over the product's entire life cycle when compared to fossil diesel. Its lower tailpipe emissions also make a valuable contribution to enhancing overall air quality.
Unlike conventional biodiesels, hydrotreated vegetable oils, such as NExBTL renewable diesel, meet even the most stringent requirements set by automotive manufacturers. It offers excellent performance at low temperatures and can be used even in aviation. NExBTL diesel is suitable for all modern diesel engines without any modification as such or blended with fossil diesel. It is also fully compatible with existing distribution and logistical systems and requires no additional investments in this area.