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DAT Venus delivers renewable diesel to the Colonial terminal in Savannah, Georgia.

Colonial Oil, partners launch renewable diesel

Feb. 2, 2024
Fuel supplier joins Neste, TICO, and Gateway Terminals to offer customers in the Southeast a lower-carbon alternative to traditional diesel

Colonial Oil Industries recently partnered with Neste, TICO, and Gateway Terminals to offer renewable diesel to customers and businesses in the Southeast, marking a “significant” stride toward a more sustainable future in the region.

“As a trusted supplier of quality fuels and logistics solutions for more than 100 years, Colonial Oil is proud to expand our offering to meet the sustainable energy needs of our land and marine customers,” Bob Kenyon, Colonial Oil president, said in a news release.

“We endeavor to be the energy partner of choice in the markets we serve and our strategic relationship with Neste accelerates this ambition.”

The partnership increases the availability of renewable diesel in Georgia and throughout the Southeast, according to Colonial Oil, one of the largest independent oil and gas companies in the United States. The renewable diesel will be supplied by Neste, a leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, and a forerunner in developing renewable and circular feedstock solutions for polymers and chemicals.

Renewable diesel is a lower-carbon alternative to traditional diesel fuel, produced from renewable raw materials such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste. When compared to fossil diesel, the use of renewable diesel “significantly” reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the fuel’s lifecycle, making it a key player in the global effort to combat climate change, the partners said.

“TICO is proud to partner with Colonial, GPA, and Gateway Terminals to lead the transition to renewable diesel, beginning with a Q1 deployment in our operations supporting the Port of Savannah,” said Duncan Pindar, TICO executive vice president. “TICO Terminal Services and TICO Manufacturing are committed to advancing sustainability in terminal equipment driven by technologies that are both advanced and reasonable.

“TICO is proud to bring sustainability solutions that are immediate and reasonable.”

Key features of Colonial Oil’s renewable diesel include:

  • Environmental impact: Renewable diesel can reduce emissions by up to 75% over the lifecycle of the fuel compared to fossil diesel, making it an ideal solution to combat climate change.
  • Performance: Renewable diesel offers comparable performance to fossil diesel, ensuring a seamless transition for consumers and businesses.
  • Compatibility: Renewable diesel is fully compatible with all diesel engines and does not require additional investments to the engines and fueling infrastructure. It can be used in its neat form or be blended with fossil diesel at any ratio.
  • Supply chain integration: With a robust supply chain and in partnership with CTI and Georgia Ports Authority, Colonial Oil will ensure a reliable and consistent source of renewable diesel for consumers, promoting this solution that is readily available today to help customers reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“In the drive to cut supply-chain emissions, renewable diesel is a welcome option that both integrates well into current delivery models and provides important overall reductions in carbon and particulate matter,” Gateway CEO Kevin Price said. “We are encouraged that Colonial Oil is bringing this product to market to help improve global air quality.”