Marathon Petroleum will take the soybean oil from the ADM soy crush facility in Spiritwood, North Dakota, refine it to make renewable diesel in Dickinson and send it on rail to the West Coast. Marathon Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development Dave Heppner says the states with a low carbon fuel standard drive the demand. “That includes the California market or Oregon and Washington,” says Heppner. “As the production comes online and consumers request a carbon-friendly product, the demand will continue to expand across the nation.” Soybean oil’s role in renewable diesel production is the reason North Dakota has the soy crush plant. North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum told attendees if there was a soybean meal-driven market, North Dakota would miss out due to a lack of animal agriculture.
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