Adobe Stock
Adobe Stock

Renewable diesel production in the USA is expected to expand by 30% annually in 2024 and 2025, Biodiesel magazine reported from US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

In its Short-Term Energy Outlook report published on 6 February, the EIA forecast renewable diesel production to average approximately 230,000 bpd (barrels/day) in 2024, increasing to 290,000 bpd in 2025.

At the end of 2023, production averaged approximately 200,000 bpd.

The EIA also reduced its US crude oil refining capacity forecast by 120,000 bpd following reports that Phillips 66 planned to permanently stop processing crude oil at its Rodeo refinery in California in March, Biodiesel magazine wrote on 7 February.

According to the EIA, the Rodeo facility previously produced approximately 60,000 bpd of distillate fuel and 65,000 bpd of petrol.

Phillips 66 is converting the facility to produce renewable diesel, which – once completed – is expected to have the capacity to produce approximately 50,000 bpd of renewable diesel, according to the report.

US renewable diesel production capacity had expanded significantly in recent years, the report said.

According to EIA data, renewable diesel production totalled 1.75bn gallons (6.62bn litres)/year in January 2022 and, by November 2023, had reached 3.857bn gallons (14.66bn litres)/year.

In a separate report, reported by Biodiesel magazine on 2 February, the EIA said total US biofuel production had increased to 23.77bn gallons (89.97bn litres)/year in November, up 1.741bn gallons (6.59bn litres)/year compared to November 2022.

Total feedstock consumption was down slightly from October, the EIA said.

Biodiesel production totalled 2.079bn gallons (7.86bn litres)/year in November, a level maintained from the previous month.

Capacity for renewable diesel and associated fuels - comprising renewable heating oil, renewable jet fuel, renewable naphtha, renewable gasoline and other biofuels and bio-intermediates – totalled 3.857bn gallons (14.6bn litres) in November, equivalent to the previous month, but up 1.102bn gallons (4.17bn litres)/year compared to November 2022.