D1 Oils completes trial of D1 20 refinery and sells first biodiesel

D1 Oils has sold its first biodiesel to a UK transportation company following the successful completion of a rigorous production trial of the latest version of its refinery process converting crude vegetable oil into European quality standard biodiesel.

D1 Oils plc ("D1 Oils") announces the successful completion of a rigorous 24hr x 7 days continuous production trial of the latest version of its D1 20 modular biodiesel refinery trans-esterification process. The refinery is designed to convert crude vegetable oil into biodiesel that meets European quality standard EN14214.


During the trial the D1 20 met performance specification, producing EN 14214 compliant biodiesel which has been sold to a UK transportation company.

The trial was witnessed and independently audited by Mott MacDonald, the global power engineering consultancy.

The trial was conducted using rape seed oil. Jatropha oil will be processed by the D1 20 as soon as sufficient quantity of raw feedstock is available and a pre-processing unit designed to process a wider range of both food and non-food grade vegetable oils, currently under construction, is completed. This is anticipated to be in the second half of 2005.

This trial is a significant milestone in establishing D1 Oils' proprietary continuous process technology in the field of biodiesel production.

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