NSRE can build and operate Renewable Diesel refineries in both a Greenfield and Brownfield scenarios. Brownfield developments take less time and capital to complete since the site typically has an abundance of Tanks, piping, computer rooms, office space, loading docks, and even rail spurs available for use in the new refinery. And the process of permitting, design, construction of costly storage tanks for a new plant can be quite time consuming. Another advantage of a good brownfield site is that the permitting process has already been completed for the existing plant, and adding the Renewable Diesel process equipment will only add a modification to a site. Additionally, the RD process is cleaner and safer than most industrial applications, so that permitting process is not overly complicated or time consuming. However Brownfield sites can be restricted due to environmental issues, or a location that is less than ideal.
Greenfield developments take a little longer to build and cost more than a brownfield site, but with a Greenfield development, the client can select the perfect setting for the plant. A perfect example would be a site that is on or near a port, a site that is on or near an existing rail line, or a site that is on or near a traditional petroleum oil refinery. The oil refinery has the advantage of an abundant supply of cheap hydrogen which the RD refinery can use in their process, also the location of an oil refinery means that the finished RD can be piped directly to the oil refinery, thereby eliminating the cost and time needed to build a tank farm with several million gallons of capacity.
NSRE has several existing brownfield sites selected in Canada and Colombia. These sites include the retro fit of existing biodiesel plants, and the co-location of plants on land used by existing petroleum refineries. This strategy reduces both the time and cost to build new Greenfield developments as all sites have suitable existing storage tanks, piping, computer rooms, motor control rooms, offices, loading docks, deepwater ports, and rail access.