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Construction has started on a new renewable diesel facility in Nebraska, USA, for Heartwell Renewables – a joint venture between global agribusiness giant Cargill and the US family-owned Love’s chain of companies producing and marketing renewable diesel, Biofuels Digest reported.

Due to open in mid-2024, the plant in Hastings would produce 302M litres (80M gallons)/year of renewable diesel from feedstocks such as vegetable oils and tallow, the 2 November report said.

The renewable diesel produced can be used as a drop-in fuel in diesel-powered vehicles without engine modification.

In May, Australia-headquartered engineering company Worley was awarded a contract for the project’s field engineering services.

As part of the Heartwell Renewables joint venture, Cargill sources and provides feedstock for fuel production. This primarily includes tallow, sourced in part from Cargill facilities in Nebraska, as well as other low-carbon feedstocks such as distillers corn oil.