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US renewable diesel producer Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) – a 50/50 joint venture between Darling Ingredients and Valero Energy Corporation – has been given the go-ahead for a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project at its Port Arthur plant in Texas, Darling Ingredients announced.

Due to become operational in 2025, the US$315M project at the Port Arthur plant would have the capability to upgrade approximately 50% of its current 1.7bn litres (470M gallons)/year production capacity to SAF, the company said on 31 January.

“It’s exciting to enter the next phase of our growth in the aviation market,” Darling Ingredients chairman and CEO Randall Stuewe said.

Darling Ingredients is a leading renderer and operates more than 270 plants in 17 countries and repurposes approximately 15% of the world’s meat industry waste streams into value-added products, such as renewable diesel, collagen, fertiliser, animal proteins and meals, and pet food ingredients.

Petroleum refiner and renewable fuels producer Valero Energy Corporation operates 15 petroleum refineries in the USA, Canada and the UK.