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Neste uses tall-oil pitch to manufacture biofuel

5:37 AM MDT | April 4, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland) has started using tall-oil pitch as a feedstock for refining into automotive-grade biofuel, the company announced today. It had not been possible until now to use tall-oil pitch, a residue produced by tall-oil refiners, as a commercial-scale feedstock for fuel refining purposes. Tall oil is a by-product of the Kraft process of wood pulp manufacture when pulping mainly coniferous trees. Neste Oil successfully tested tall-oil pitch in commercial refinery operations in March and April this year, and says it is ready to begin using the...

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