Liquefied petroleum gas from renewable raw materials –
New future prospects for sustainable energy


Frankfurt, September 16, 2014 – Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is now also available as a bio-option and can be produced from renewable raw materials.

This autumn the company Neste Oil will start the construction of a plant for the provision of biopropane from renewable raw materials. A side product of Neste Oils renewable diesel production, the bio propane will be purified and separated from the side stream gases produced at the company’s refinery through the new plant in order to make it suitable for use in existing liquefied petroleum gas applications. Production is scheduled to start at the end of 2016 and is expected to total 30,000-40,000 t/a.

„With liquefied petroleum gas from renewable raw materials the market gained a high-quality and sustainable energy carrier which can be used as fuel o ras heating gas“, says Dr Andreas Stücke, Managing Director of the German LPG Association on the occasion of a press conference at the Automechanika trade fair in Frankfurt. “Especially with a view to the climate goals of the Federal Government, the CO2 reduction potential of biopropane is very valuable“, Stücke adds.

Traditional liquefied petroleum gas already burns CO2 at a reduced rate and with almost zero pollutants. Biopropane reduces CO2 emissions by 50 percent compared to traditional liquefied petroleum gas. In the transport sector, a blending of ten percent biopropane would provide the possibility to reduce CO2 emissions by an additional five percent. This would allow LPG fueled vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions by around 20 percent compared to petrol-driven vehicles.

At the press conference Prins Autogassystemen presents system technologies such as VSI-2.0, VSI-2.0 DI, Prins Direct LiquiMax- 2.0 and Dieselblend-2.0, which support further reductions of particulate and CO2 emissions. „Particular about this is that with the right software strategy we can adapt our new systems“, explains Bart van Aerle, CEO of Prins. “These can also run with biopropane, which would further minimize the CO2 emissions“, Aerle confirms.


German LPG Association
The German LPG Association, headquartered in Berlin, represents Germany based LPG supplying businesses. The association has 42 members and 72 extraordinary members. The total LPG output for 2013 amounted to 3.6 Million tons with an in-crease of 5.2 percent compared to the previous year. Further information: www.dvfg.de.

Neste Oil
Neste Oil Corporation is a refining and marketing company concentrating on low-emissions, high-quality traffic fuels. The company produces a comprehensive range of major petroleum products and is the worldÄs leading supplier of renewable diesel. Neste Oil had net sales of EUR 17.5 billion in 2013 and emplyos around 5,000 people, ans is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

Neste Oil is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, ans has features in The Global 100 list of the worlÄs most sustainable corporations for many years. Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) has ranked Neste Oil as one of the best perform-ers in the oil & gas sector. Further information: www.nesteoil.com.

Prins Autogassystemen
Prins Autogassystemen B.V. is leading the development of alternative fuel systems globally for more than 25 years. Prins is known to producers, importers and convert-ers for its extraordinary quality, its cost-efficiency and its innovative solutions for a high number of engines available on the market today. Prins Autogassystemen is winner of the Automechanika Innovation Awards and the Green Directory Awards 2012. More information: www.prinsautogas.com.

Further information and materials: http://dvfg.de/presse/downloads/